It’s been nearly nine months we traveled to Flint, Michigan to report on the water contamination crisis there how the city was dealing with the crisis. The city was still in turmoil. The National Guard was there handing out bottled water, families were trying to get water filters in their homes, and kids were lined up to be tested for lead poisoning. At the time, the one school nurse told host Lizzie O’Leary that the children could experience long-term effects from the lead poisoning, such as behavioral and neurological damage.
Now those kids are headed back to school. O’Leary talked with Flint’s Superintendent Bilal Tawwab to see how the school was doing in the aftermath of the crisis. Our first question: If a student’s in class and needs a class of water, what do they do?
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