DURING THE THANKSGIVING BREAK THIS WEEK, ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRACTORS ARE CLEANING AREAS OF LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL… EXPOSED TO A TOXIC MERCURY SPILL.
   

WALKER COUNTY SCHOOLS SPOKESPERSON ELAINE WOMACK SAID MOST OF THE SPILLED MERCURY HAS BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR… AND THE TOTAL SPILL WAS LESS THAN WHAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TERMS A "SIGNIFICANT SPILL".  "WE ARE CONTINUING A VERY THOROUGH INVESTIGATION AND CONCENTRATING ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP", SHE SAID.   
   

SCHOOL OFFICIALS BELIEVE A STUDENT TOOK THE MERCURY FROM A SCHOOL LAB… BUT IT PASSED THROUGH THE HANDS OF SEVERAL OTHER STUDENTS OVER A PERIOD OF SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE BEING SPILLED INSIDE THE SCHOOL.   FOUR AREAS OF LAFAYETTE HIGH HAVE BEEN "OFF LIMITS" TO STAFF AND STUDENTS, UNTIL THE ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP IS COMPLETE.