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Parents Say Mold at Prince George's County Arts School Making Students Sick

Some parents say they're concerned their children are sick because of rampant mold inside a public arts academy in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Crissy and Nate Crittenden told News4 their son is an eighth grade student at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Morningside.

"He's suffering headaches. He's suffering running nose. He's suffering just exacerbations from asthma-related symptoms, again, triggers that mold and mildew will bring upon," said Crissy Crittenden.

Prince George's County

News4's Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.

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The public school specializes in creative arts disciplines such as visual arts, dance, drama, choral music, technology and instrumental music.

Nate Crittenden said he took photos of mold he found inside the school and that one classroom with mold was closed.

A spokesperson for Prince George's County Public Schools said the school system was fixing the problem. The spokesperson said crews would replace the stained ceiling tiles in classrooms and insulation pipes where condensation has caused leaks. The school system is also fixing the leak in the roof over the library and repairing the heating and air conditioning system, according to the spokesperson.

However, the Crittendens are skeptical about the working being done.

"Until we get these kids out of here, they do a full, full thorough investigation of where all this mold is coming from and then address it from that level. But until then the Band-Aid approach is not acceptable," Crissy Crittenden said.

The Crittendens say they are in close contact with other parents and they may stage a walkout at the school to send a message that they are running out of patience.

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