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Parents receive $500,000 to settle lawsuit over poor air quality in Wilton, Conn., school

Dec. 2, 2021
Marissa and Chris Lowthert contended that poor ventilation, mold, high carbon dioxide and poor indoor air quality at Miller-Driscoll School harmed the health of their 2 children.

Parents of students who attended Miller-Driscoll School in Wilton, Conn., will receive $500,000 to settle a lawsuit against the town over the school's poor air quality.

The Register Citizen reports that Marissa and Chris Lowthert sued the town in 2015. They contended that the school building was plagued with “wet building conditions, poor ventilation, mold, high carbon dioxide and poor indoor air quality." The suit also asserted that the Lowthert's two children sustained injuries because of the poor conditions.

Good Morning Wilton reports that court documents detail the injuries that the Lowtherts say their children sustained as a result of the environmental hazards at Miller-Driscoll: respiratory symptoms including chronic congestion; cognitive symptoms; asthma; building-related illness; mold allergy; allergic symptoms; nosebleeds; headaches; sore throat; nausea; behavioral changes; insomnia; fatigue and loss of appetite.

After the Lowtherts pulled their children out of the district, Miller-Driscoll School underwent an extensive renovation from 2015 to 2017.

The town of Wilton will pay the family $450,000, and an additional $50,000 will be paid by the town’s insurance carrier

The school serves students in grades pre-k through kindergarten. 

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