CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Several parents took their concerns about the water quality in Kanawha County’s schools to the Kanawha County Board of Education’s office in Charleston on Friday afternoon.

“We’re here to take a stand for our children,” said Nicole Tose, whose son attends Overbrook Elementary School — one of the schools where students were sent home early Thursday because of reports of a strong licorice scent, the trademark of MCHM, in the water.

“We’re tired of being lied to. We’re tired of not knowing whether our children are safe.  One report says the water’s safe, the next day, the water’s not safe, the smell’s still there,” said Tose who helped organize Friday’s event, dubbed “Enough is Enough,” through Facebook.

She told MetroNews affiliate 58-WCHS it would not be the last such protest.

In addition to Overbrook Elementary School, Watts Elementary, J.E. Robins Elementary, Midland Trail Elementary and Riverside High reopened on Friday following additional flushing of the schools and water testing.

A handful of parents of students from those other schools were also part of Friday’s protest.

Kanawha County school officials said, in a statement issued Thursday before the reopenings, water tests showed MCHM was at non-detectable levels, below one part per billion, in all of the schools.

“Kanawha County Schools is going beyond recommended requires to ensure the safety of our children,” the statement said.

Tose, though, said those schools should not have reopened.

“It’s not worth my child going to school and who knows what the long-term effects could be?  It could be a belly ache today, who knows what it’s going to be in five years, because they don’t know,” said Tose.

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  • WEST VIRGINIAN

    A prominent West Virginia politician is urging citizens to not drink the water despite officials saying it is ‘appropriate’ for use.

    Senator Jay Rockefeller (D) told a Charleston television station that state officials are in bed with the energy industry and that people should further question both the potability of their water and how those relationships affect authorities’ judgement.

    ‘Even if some expert group told me it was safe, I don’t think I’d believe it,’ Rockefeller told WCHS during a blistering interview railing against both the state and heavy industry.


    Jay-Rockefeller-Dont-drink-water-say-Senator-warns-tap-water-supplying-300000-West-Virginia-residents-not-safe-despite-inspectors-reassurances-one-month-huge-chemical-spill.

  • TruthTeller

    If you want to get results you have to hit these big companies in their wallet. Sue them and refuse to pay your bills until they get this fixed.
    Charleston has Union Carbide right there and they can consult the chemical engineers of Union Carbide? Come on people!!! Use the brain that sits floating in your skull!!!!!
    You people need to stop watching TV and lowering your IQ.

  • Schools

    Please read Pete Thaw's interview on the school closings.
    Also thank you for not showing any women wearing blue eye shadow makeup.

  • LEE ARTHUR

    You people don't stand a chance against big business and your elected officials.

  • Mark

    There is too much conflicting information. One day the water is clean, the next day there are detectable levels. I am sticking with bottled water until we get consistent clean results.

  • Big Larry

    You guys commenting here are idiots!!!!
    All these people protesting are liars!!
    Idiots and liars.

  • HOSA

    ITS BIGGER THAN TOBLIN.

  • Moving Van

    Can Earl Ray be impeached? He is the most do nothing governor I've ever seen. Kids being carried out of classrooms and he is protecting the DEP and WVAW. Instead of putting the fear of god in both organizations all he does is back slap everyone for damage control. The most backward areas of Mexico makes West Virginia look like hell. The area will never recover from this debacle. Try selling Charleston to some corporation. You think anyone would move to this hell hole.

  • HOSA

    HEY HILLJACK, THIS CHEMICAL SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN USE AT ALL. THEY DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. ANOTHER THING IS I WORKED IN THE COAL MINES AND WORKED AT A TREATMENT PLANT FOR OVER 5 YEARS AND I HAD TO MIX THIS POISON AND DIDN'T REALLY KNOW A DAM THING ABOUT IT. IT'S MIXED WITH WATER AND CLEANS THE COAL. IT CHANGES FROM A LIQUID FORM INTO A SOLID FORM. HOWEVER, WHAT THEY ARE NOT SAYING IS THAT THIS STUFF RUNS OFF THE BELTS AND IS SPRAYED WITH FIRE HOSES RIGHT BACK INTO A DRAIN THAT RUNS RIGHT INTO THE WATER SUPPLY ALL THE TIME. WHICH MEANS THAT WHEREEVER THERE IS A COAL TREATMENT PLANT THIS STUFF IS IN THE WATER SUPPLY. NOTHING IS BEING SAID ABOUT THAT PART OF IT BECAUSE BIG COAL RULES WEST VIRGINIA.

  • hilljack

    And yet they found how much at GW? All citizens in the 9 counties should be outraged. I would recommend all to make changes in the voting booth and remember how our current leadership has handled this farce.