Lesson: Never send a boy to do a certified professional's job.
A private religious school in Berea, Ohio is under criminal investigation after it was discovered to be putting its students to work last year clearing asbestos from a building being prepped for future classes, reports
NBC affiliate WKYC-TV. The story pits the Christian Buckeye Education School against the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which charges the school with violating state regulations requiring a building owner to use certified contractors to remove the cancer-causing insulation material.
"The entire site was contaminated with asbestos and the people who were doing it were all children," said Darren Clink, a local who videotaped the asbestos removal process undertaken by teenagers wearing no protective clothing. "The kids were loaded with it."
The Ohio EPA, which began investigating the school last month, is unsure of the extent of the damage the asbestos may have inflicted on the kids tasked with handling it.
"There's no way we can recreate the conditions at the time the students were in there," said Cleveland Commissioner of Air Quality George Baker, who works with the agency.
The school, for its part, has been compliant.
"We are fully cooperating with the EPA for an amicable resolution to the situation," said a representative of the organization that oversees Buckeye Education.