The No. 9 Primary School in Beibaixiang township, Zhejiang, was suspended on Sunday after twenty students spontaneously began bleeding from the nose. Others showed symptoms of vomiting, headaches, and stomachaches, which are likely linked to high levels of pollution in the area; an investigation after the incident revealed that there were 30 factories with unregulated emissions located within one kilometer of the school.
The Global Times reports on the wonderful pollution-cocktail that is the No. 9 Primary School:
An investigation by the environmental protection authorities in Leqing on Thursday showed that more than 30 factories or workshops are no farther than 1 km from the school.
Among the enterprises, 28 have not been approved of their exhaust gas emission, according to the investigation.
Two of the enterprises have obtained approvals, but their gas emission was not up to the standard, it said.
The investigators also found that the school was newly put into use, and the desks, chairs and some walls inside the classrooms were newly painted.
Well, if one has to choose between toxic unapproved factory gases, toxic approved factory gases, or toxic school paint, one might do best to just change schools.
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