Mysterious Illness Afflicting Teenagers in Le Roy, NY

15 teenagers in Le Roy, NY have been afflicted with Tourette-like symptoms, causing some to wonder if it is linked to possible groundwater contamination from a 1970 train derailment, just three miles from the high school attended by the teens.   Environmental activist, Erin Brockovich has launched her own investigation, as reported by ABC News.

Most of the teens have been diagnosed with conversion disorder — a psychological condition that causes physical symptoms like jerky tics, convulsions and even paralysis. But Brockovich suspects groundwater contamination from a chemical spill from more than 40 years ago may be behind the Tourette-like symptoms.

“They have not ruled everything out yet,” Brockovich told USA Today. “The community asked us to help, and this is what we do.”

Don Miller, whose 16-year-old daughter, Katie, still suffers from debilitating tics, said his sister contacted Brockovich for help.

“We’re just trying to eliminate everything, and she wants to eliminate that it’s the environment,” said Miller. “It’s a possibility and she wants to either prove it is or it isn’t something in the environment.”

Read the entire story at ABC News.

If you believe you or members of your family have been injured by environmental hazards near your home or school, the Lawyer Referral Service of the NH Bar Association can refer you to environmental law attorneys in New Hampshire.  Call 603-229-0002 or request an online referral.