The Effects Of Lead Exposure On Schools Essay

2125 Words Oct 31st, 2016 9 Pages
In 2015 the public learned about lead levels that were so high in Flint Michigan’s water that it was causing lead poisoning of many children. Since then there have been many studies that have shown that low lead levels can also poison a child. Prior to addressing the question, one must first define lead poisoning. According to Needleman (2012), lead is a considered a metal that humans have mined and changed to make man made products which has been disperse in the environment and becomes toxic (p. 1). Lead become poisonous when a person ingests, breath in, or in the same space without knowing it. When it gets into the blood it is called BLL (blood lead level). Before looking at the effects of lead exposure in schools, it is important to review the history of lead. According to Schnur et al. (2014), the negative effects of lead have been around since 600 B.C. In 1892, children were first recognized as victims (p. 238). In the 1950s, homes in the United States were painted with lead paint. Then, between the mid-1970s and 1986 lead in paint and gasoline was banned. Although the effort made to get rid of lead was tremendous, lead still exists in the environment and has harmful long-term detrimental effects on children that has decreased their ability to do well in school. Lead levels, whether low or high can cause cognitive impairment in an otherwise healthy child.
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