Stuyvesant High School is one of the most prestigious and competitive in New York City. It is also one of the closest to where the Twin Towers once stood. On 9/11 and during the weeks that followed, Stuyvesant was used by first responders and recovery workers as a staging area. Tons of debris from Ground Zero was loaded on to barges 150 yards from the school. Stuyvesant opened about a month after the attacks. Now, 16 years later, teachers who returned to their school in October 2001 are voicing concerns about increased rates of cancer and other illnesses among faculty which they attribute to the toxic dust and other contaminants left behind after the Towers fell.
As recently reported in the New York Post, at least a dozen teachers at Stuy and other Lower Manhattan schools are seeking medical treatment through the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) for conditions they claim were caused by their exposure to the toxic fallout from the collapse of the WTC.
One Stuyvesant teacher, Gary Brandwein, told the Post: “I worked at Stuyvesant from 1984 to 2002. Of a faculty of 135, 25 have died of cancer within ten years. Mostly women, with breast and ovarian cancer, two men with brain cancer and several with melanoma.”
Brandwein added that one chemistry teacher died of brain cancer in the aftermath of 9/11, and a math teacher died of skin cancer in November of 2011. Teachers under the age of 55 have also died of breast and ovarian cancers, he said.
The Post story comes on the heels of an earlier, similar story which reported that young adults who were students at Stuyvesant in 2001 are claiming that they have developed cancer and other health problems because of the same toxic dust that has sickened thousands of others over the past 16 years.
Of course, Stuyvesant isn’t the only school that stood in the shadow of the Towers. Other schools whose students and teachers may be at increased risk include:
- Leadership and Public Service High School
- High School of Economics and Finance
- Hawthorne Country Day School
- John V. Lindsay Wildcat Charter School
- Metropolitan University of New York
- Borough of Manhattan Community College
- Pace University
For those who were teachers or students in Lower Manhattan on 9/11, their illnesses – if determined to be 9/11-related – may make them eligible for cost-free medical treatment and monitoring as well as compensation for losses incurred for medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of quality of life. Both the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) were established specifically for that purpose.
Turley Hansen & Partners – Representing 9/11 Victims
The WTC lawyers at Turley Hansen & Partners have been helping survivors, first responders, and recovery workers recover compensation since shortly after the towers fell. Our extensive experience and deep commitment to 9/11 victims has resulted in the recovery of over $75 million in VCF compensation on behalf of over 1,200 clients.
If you were a teacher or student in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 and are suffering from cancer, heart disease or other health problems, we invite you to contact us to see if we can help you. Please call us today at 1-855-WTC-INFO (1-855-982-4636) or fill out our contact form to arrange for your free 9/11 claim evaluation. We look forward to assisting you.