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Potential lead hazards found at Pitt County school

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GRIFTON, N.C. - A building at Grifton Elementary School is contaminated with lead.

School parents are now being warned to have their children tested for lead poisoning.

Pitt County Health Department director Dr. John Morrow says during an inspection of the school, they observed potential hazards outside of the building housing the art and special education classrooms. 

Dr. Morrow says it's unlikely children at the school have lead poisoning due to its location, but he urges parents to have their children tested for lead poisoning.

However, many parents are not happy the school system didn't inform them of the lead contamination.

"Most of the time Grifton is very good at communicating," Waldo Alicea said. "So not knowing that's a little disturbing."

The lead-paint test is a "simple, finger stick blood test" and is available through your pediatrician or the Pitt County Health Department. Parents who would like to have their child tested by the Health Department can call 252.902.2449 for an appointment. If left untreated, lead poisoning can cause learning difficulties, behavioral problems and other adverse health consequences.

Additional information regarding lead hazards can be found through the Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov/lead or by calling the National Lead Information Center hotline at 1 (800) 424-LEAD [5323] Monday through Friday, 8:00a to 6:00p Eastern Time (except federal holidays). 
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