Lead found on exterior of elementary school in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Health officials will conduct lead screenings for students and staff at a Fayetteville elementary school next month after lead was detected on the outside of the building.

Officials say lead was found on the exterior of William H. Owen Elementary School and letters have been sent to parents.

Lead was found in chipped paint outside W.H. Owen Elementary (Tommy Harris/CBS North Carolina)
Lead was found in chipped paint outside W.H. Owen Elementary (Tommy Harris/CBS North Carolina)

The Department of Health and Cumberland County Schools held a press conference Thursday to discuss lead hazards at William H. Owen Elementary School.

Recently the Cumberland County Department of Public Health conducted an environmental lead investigation at the local elementary school located at 4533 Raeford Road in Fayetteville.

The state tested hundreds of campus spots and found some lead in chipped paint that was mostly on exterior window sills. The district said that no lead has been found in any of the classrooms or in the school water supply. And officials said no students or staff members that have already been tested had increased levels of lead in their blood.

There will be free lead testing at the school on Sept. 12 and Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cumberland County Public Health Center. The health center is open until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. No appointment is necessary.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lead in children can cause problems ranging from lower IQ and hyperactivity to slower growth and hearing problems.

CBS North Carolina contributed to this report.

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