To the Editor:
How is it that hundreds of children attend Miller-Driscoll each year, and only two, just two, children – Madison and Collin Lowthert – have allegedly suffered “sustained injuries which can be permanent or long-standing…including chronic congestion, cognitive symptoms, asthma, building-related illness, mold, allergy, allergic symptoms, nosebleeds, headaches, sore throat, nausea, behavioral changes, and insomnia,” according to the lawsuit filed by Marissa and Christopher Lowthert against the Town of Wilton. A few points/questions:
First, has an indoor air quality assessment been conducted at the Lowtherts’ house? Clearly, their children spend more hours at home than they do at school, so without an assessment of the air quality at their home, isn’t it possible that their home environment is the cause of any alleged health issues?
Secondly, the indoor air quality assessment conducted at Miller-Driscoll School by TRC found that, “The baseline air sampling results for comfort parameters of temperature, CO, CO2, total particulates and relative humidity all were within recommended guidelines for schools, noting schools in the northeast region typically have low RH levels during colder months. The microbial analysis results for indoor air samples were all within normal ranges for mold species found in the New England region for the time of year testing occurred.”
Third, where are the copies of any medical reports substantiating the Lowtherts’ claims regarding their children’s “injuries,” and if these reports exist, what are the credentials of the doctors who may have issued these reports?
Fourth, many of the “illnesses” cited in the suit, such as sore throats and nausea, are typical childhood illnesses. My own kids had sore throats at least 2-3 times a year in grade school. Has it been established that the Lowthert children have had these conditions with greater frequency than the average grade school child?
Fifth, have Madison and Collin been tested for Lyme disease because many of the symptoms cited in the lawsuit are consistent with symptoms of Lyme disease?
I believe these are questions/points that should be addressed, if they haven’t been yet.
Editor’s note: Until now, we have not printed the names of the Lowthert children. Because they were included in the letter and the children’s names were explicitly stated in the lawsuits filed by the Lowtherts themselves, we have determined it does not violate our policies to include their names here. Additionally, the author of the letter is a contributor to GMW, but she has written this Letter to the Editor as a resident of Wilton and independently from any editorial news coverage of the website. This letter has appeared in other local news media.
Update, Feb. 4, 2017, Editor’s note: The author of this letter is married to a former member of the M-D Building Committee. At the time this letter was published, GMW was unaware of the connection, but it was recently brought to our attention.