Parents: Foul odors in Northport MS continue to make kids sick

Northport parents say they have been fighting with school district officials about a foul smell that is making their children sick for more than two years.

News 12 Staff

Oct 27, 2019, 9:10 PM

Updated 1,694 days ago

Share:

Northport parents say they have been fighting with school district officials about a foul smell that is making their children sick for more than two years.
Parents of children attending Northport Middle School say they want answers as to why the strange odors filling the school is making their kids sick.
"It smells like a dead animal all over the K Wing," said eighth-grader Aliya Zadrozny. "It smells like baby vomit and sewage."
Lynette O'Dell says her daughter Ryleigh missed school for 35 days last year because the smell was affecting her asthma.
"The coughing was so bad, nothing like she'd ever had before, she could not even gasp for air without vomiting," said O'Dell. "That building needs to be closed down completely."
News 12 first reported on this story back in April 2017. Teachers and students reported smelling diesel fumes in the building. The smell got so bad, students were evacuated from that wing of the school.
One month later, an inspection found two dozen hazardous materials in the warehouse under the classroom. The district says it removed the contaminants and other environmental tests have been done.
Parents say the district is not doing enough because their kids are still getting sick. Parents are planning a "sick out" for Nov. 7 where they will hold a peaceful rally outside of the school.
In May 2018, parents requested to see the warehouse area below the classrooms. They took pictures of the floor where they say stains soaked into the concrete were painted over.
Last week, parents say their kids reported another odd smell.
District officials told News 12 those odors were likely from a new HVAC system that was just installed.


More from News 12
1:40
West Babylon School District to vote on second spending plan tomorrow

West Babylon School District to vote on second spending plan tomorrow

2:35
Sunny and comfortable today; temps heat up to end the workweek

Sunny and comfortable today; temps heat up to end the workweek

0:18
Police: 45-year-old man dies after being found unresponsive in West Islip pool

Police: 45-year-old man dies after being found unresponsive in West Islip pool

1:36
Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Remember Me Rescue NY on June 17

Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Remember Me Rescue NY on June 17

1:40
Officials: Fire displaces 18 from Hempstead home with illegal subdivisions

Officials: Fire displaces 18 from Hempstead home with illegal subdivisions

0:33
Police: Man arrested in Montauk hit-and-run that left e-bike riders hurt

Police: Man arrested in Montauk hit-and-run that left e-bike riders hurt

0:29
Nassau police: 2 women charged in Franklin Square home burglary

Nassau police: 2 women charged in Franklin Square home burglary

0:35
Police: Man accused of driving drunk in East Meadow with 13-year-old boy inside car

Police: Man accused of driving drunk in East Meadow with 13-year-old boy inside car

2:02
 A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

0:42
Hundreds participate in 45th annual Shelter Island 10K & 5K Run/Walk

Hundreds participate in 45th annual Shelter Island 10K & 5K Run/Walk

1:20
Rapper Ja Rule performs at Mitchel Field as part of Nassau County’s Juneteenth celebration

Rapper Ja Rule performs at Mitchel Field as part of Nassau County’s Juneteenth celebration

0:31
Suffolk police: Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Bay Shore crash

Suffolk police: Motorcyclist seriously hurt in Bay Shore crash

1:46
‘We lost a brother.’ Friends, loved ones remember ‘Rookie of the Year’ firefighter at Hagerman FD

‘We lost a brother.’ Friends, loved ones remember ‘Rookie of the Year’ firefighter at Hagerman FD

1:34
Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

0:27
Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

2:07
New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

2:15
Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

2:15
Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

0:41
Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago

Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago