School next to ICE calls for end to chemical weapons use

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The Cottonwood School is right next to the ICE facility in South Portland. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A school located next to the ICE facility in South Portland is calling for the end of the use of chemical weapons on protesters.

“We’re really concerned with chemical munitions,” said Amanda McAdoo, the director of the Cottonwood School.

She said their school yard has been enveloped in tear gas clouds during recent protests against ICE.

“We need them to stop using chemical weapons in front of our school,” she said.

Students are not currently in class, but they are scheduled to return sometime in March. The school now needs to mitigate the soil in the play yard before they return.

“People care about kids. We’re hoping people see this and it can’t happen in front of a public school in Portland.”

Dr. Juniper Simonis, an independent researcher with a Ph.D from Cornell in ecology and evolutionary biology, has been helping the school collect samples from the yard. They have collected metal grenades, soil samples and a Triple-Chaser that was melted onto the roof.

Dr. Juniper Simonis shows munitions found in the Cottonwood School yard. (KOIN)

Simonis said it was a fire hazard.

“They clearly have no recognition of the place that they’re in. All they care about is handling, in whatever way they want, the protesters.”

McAdoo said the school already has plenty to worry about with the pandemic going on.

“We are worried, as we are actively trying to get our kids back in school buildings, this is yet another hurdle we have to face before we can.”

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