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Great American Helps Out Ohio SchoolAs a parent, the one place–outside of my home–where I expect my children to be safe is at school. That expectation recently took a big hit, when unacceptable levels of lead were found in the soil on the grounds of my daughters school.

She is a sophomore at Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio (right next door to the Kings Island Amusement Park). Kings Mills and everything “King” in the Warren County, Ohio, area are named for the King family. The King family owned and operated an ammunition factory in the area. The very site where the High School and Jr. High sit was the location of a gun club. In fact, the gun club was located there from the late 1890s until the early 1960s, Charles Mason, King Superintendant told National Underwriter.

He reported that during a study of the Peters Cartridge Plant (the King family ammunition factory) by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, old aerial photographs revealed the existence of the gun club on the site now occupied by Kings Jr. and Sr. High Schools. The Ohio EPA then called Mr. Mason, who immediately ordered that the soil be tested for lead contamination, he said.

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