Another Theory Into Le Roy Illness

February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 6, 2012 Updated Feb 6, 2012 at 9:59 AM EDT

Le Roy, N.Y. (WKBW)- There have been many theories about what is causing more than a dozen teenagers, and at least one adult, to display Tourette like symptoms in Le Roy.

An expert from the University at Buffalo is now making headlines for his theory that social networking sites could be to blame.

Dr. David Lichter, a professor of Neurology at the UB, said on cable news network MSNBC that residents might be unconsciously mimicking the symptoms when they see video uploaded by sufferers on YouTube and Facebook.

Not all experts agree with this conclusion. The National Institute of Health still believes its conversion disorder a condition brought on by stress. Some residents worry that the environment is to blame.

At the request of authorities, the EPA has removed drums of material from a superfund site where a train derailment caused a chemical spill in the 1970’s. The EPA is now testing the contents of those drums.

The unknown has residents, including those suffering from the illness, concerned. Many spoke out at a town meeting held over the weekend.

"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 resident said.

In a statement, the EPA said it would wait for results from the testing to decide where to eventually dispose of those drums. The organization has not confirmed that the contents are toxic, just that the drums are filled with soil and rocks from the spill.