Public Meeting about LeRoy Illness

February 5, 2012 Updated Feb 5, 2012 at 5:40 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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February 5, 2012 Updated Feb 5, 2012 at 5:40 PM EDT

LeRoy (WKBW) Citing both the State Department of Health report, and their own independent company's findings, members of the LeRoy School District were clear, saying that environmental factors are not the cause of the tourette-like condition affecting more than a dozen local students.

"Still people need a bit more reassurance, so it is important that we listen to our community's concerns and follow through on that," Superintendent Kim Cox said.

Hundreds of community members filled the high school auditorium, as the school superintendent announced further environmental testing at the school and took questions from community members.

"Today is about our next steps and to assure our community that our school and this community is a safe place to be," Cox said.

Topics discussed at the meeting included water and air testing, the potential effect of a 1970s chemical spill, and local natural gas wells and potentially dangerous hydro-fracking chemicals.

"We want to know now what is going on. What are you doing to protect my children? What are you doing to protect these people's children?" one LeRoy resident asked.

The meeting was heated at times and even explosive.

"You are not doing your job, you are not doing your job at all!" another resident yelled before storming out.

36 year old Marge Fitzsimmons, who suffers from the same condition as the students, attended Saturday's public meeting.

"I know of some of these other girls. My heart goes out to them. I couldn't imagine being a teenager and going through what I go through and all the stigmatisms that have been put on them," Fitzsimmons said, clearly battling through constant tics.

Further air testing will take place through Leader Professional Services, and will take a few weeks to complete.