May 25, 2012 – HAZMAT called in once again. Lake County School reported 27 students and adults that were not feeling well on a bus. They were coughing with runny eyes and reported a funny smell on the school bus.
A simple case of the bus driver using a cleaning material which caused an allergic reaction, right? If this were true, then why was the school bus driver suspended?
The bus driver reportedly used Malathion to clean up where a previous student had been sick. After a quick Google search on the word Malathion, we have come up with the following:
“Malathion is an insecticide”
“For outdoor insecticide killer needs choose Spectracide Malathion Insect Spray Concentrate to control Aphids, Bagworms, Box Elder Bugs, Fleas”
“Malathion for Mosquito Control”
Clearly, something doesn’t add up. Did the bus driver REALLY use an insect spray to clean up a mess of (probably) vomit? Maybe that was the only liquid on hand in a hurry to clean it up.
Or, is the driver not at fault at all and someone else had used Malathion on the bus for other purposes? We will never know but what we do know is, this is another case of people who are sick by chemicals in Florida in the last week.
Resources: WESH.com Orlando