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Parents fear mercury may have contaminated their homes.

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An informational packet concerning mercury exposure distributed to parents on Sept. 8. 2016. (Source: FOX5) An informational packet concerning mercury exposure distributed to parents on Sept. 8. 2016. (Source: FOX5)
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Contamination fears persist as crews continue to work to ensure Johnson Junior High School is free of mercury.

Classes were again canceled Friday, but a few dozen students and their parents showed up to drop off bags of clothing and shoes – potentially contaminated items.

On Wednesday afternoon, hazmat crews locked the school down and screened every student for contamination as their parents waited for hours.

Clark County School District officials reported the mercury was on school grounds prior to the lockdown, but it’s unclear when the mercury was brought to the campus and how.  

[READ: Mercury present at middle school prior to lockdown]

Parents fear the health threat could extend to their homes.

“What about my house? I have two little kids who were also contaminated. When am I going to find out?” asked Tania Babajan, whose son was among nine students exposed to mercury.

Babajan now fears for the rest of her family.

“All of us, actually - these two, three days - we kinda feel dizzy, and I thought maybe it was because of the fear. I’m shaking. I have my little one, and I don’t know what to do,” she said.

[READ: Superintendent talks mercury spill, has no idea when it got on campus]

Concerned parents were urged to contact the school, and told school officials would then pass information on to the EPA.  

“We are reaching out to those parents who are still upset. We are making those phone calls today,” CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said.

About 45 families dropped off bags of clothing and shoes Friday. The EPA kept 10 bags containing students’ belongings. Those items tested positive for mercury.

One of those bags belongs to Babajan’s son. The EPA will check their home for mercury contamination on Saturday.

If you have items you believe may be contaminated, you can still drop them off at Johnson Junior High School this weekend.  

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