Maryland mom pulls daughter from school, says building makes her sick

Kelis Goodwine is studying at home now. (WJLA)

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (WJLA) -- A Prince George’s County mom has yanked her child out of school saying that mold in the building is making her second grader sick.

For the past week, a dining room table has been Kelis Goodwine’s classroom – a second grade experience she never wanted. While sitting at home, Kelis greatly misses her friends and teachers.

“I don’t want to send her back there. I’m too scared to do it,” firmly stated Linetra Jackson, Kelis’ mother.

“There” is Samuel Chase Elementary in Prince George’s County. Earlier this month, when the weather got warm, Kelis got sick with headaches, dizziness and elevated heart rate. Three times she passed out and went to the hospital.

“Here’s a normal EKG. She had to see a neurologist,” explained Jackson as she paged through all her daughter’s medical records. “She was rushed to Bowie hospital.”

When a slew of tests came up negative, one doctor suggested a mold allergy. Soon after, Jackson snapped pictures of Kelis’ second-grade classroom showing water damage on the walls and ceiling, which can harbor mold and other bacteria.

“I’m not giving up because I know my child is experiencing these issues and it’s only at that school,” affirmed Jackson.

7 On Your Side requested the school’s latest environmental test results. No word on when we’ll receive them. But, the district says it’s not aware of any health hazards in the building, but it’s not taking any chances.

“On Saturday, we are taking proactive measures to take everything out of that classroom and clean it thoroughly,” said Sherrie Johnson, a spokeswoman with Prince George’s County Public Schools. “We would love to have her back at school, yes. Most definitely.”

Jackson has requested her daughter be transferred to another elementary school, which is something the 8-year-old would prefer to avoid.

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