Starrett City school blamed for girl's asthma flare ups

BROOKLYN - A Brooklyn mother says a Starrett City middle school is causing her asthmatic daughter to miss class.

Michelle Vinson says her 13-year-old daughter, Aminah Taylor, was born with asthma. Vinson says Taylor's condition has gotten worse since the girl started attending Intermediate School 364. Vinson says her daughter was rushed to the hospital from school with breathing problems and had to miss classes for several weeks. The eighth-grader's lung specialist believes the school, which is located in a parking garage, may be the source of Taylor's problems.

The Department of Education (DOE) plans to conduct air quality tests this week at I.S. 364. The DOE admits the last test was performed 10 years ago. The principal says Taylor will be allowed to make up work she missed while out of school.

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