Parents file lawsuit against SD Unified over schools' playground turf

Posted at 9:04 AM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-13 12:04:57-05

SAN DIEGO - Some parents are worried that children at two San Diego elementary schools could be in danger just by playing on the playground.

A group of parents have filed a lawsuit against the San Diego Unified School District over the rubber turf installed at Euclid Elementary School in City Heights and Silver Gate Elementary School in Point Loma in the last six months.

The parents allege the rubber surface contains carcinogens and poses other health risks to students, and they also claim the school never did an environmental review or received input before installing the turf.

The lawsuit comes a little over a year after a study showed the turf, essentially crumbled bits of recycled tires, could potentially be linked to cancer.

Right after it was installed at Euclid Elementary last September, 44 kids became sick with heat exhaustion.

The lawsuit claims the turf can become dangerously hot and can emit fumes.

10News spoke to several parents at Euclid Elementary who were not aware of the rubber turf surface and they expressed concern over their children's health.

District officials said the turf is safe and it was chosen because it met high standards for quality and durability.

District officials did not offer further comment on the lawsuit.