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Parents pack Finch Elementary PTA meeting after carbon monoxide scare

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The monthly PTA meeting at Finch Elementary usually pulls in 15 to 20 people including kids.  The Wednesday night meeting saw a much greater turn out with more than 100 people.

Many of the parents had questions about how last week's carbon monoxide leak was handled.

More than 40 students were rushed to area hospitals and treated for poisoning.

Parent Shaevon Johnson asked school leaders to look at reevaluating the emergency plan. She did not like that some parents couldn't pick up their kids right away.

"I felt sorry for one parent whose child was taken to the hospital, the school would not let her pick up her others kids so she could go check on her sick child," Shaevon Johnson said.

At the meeting some parents wanted to know why all the children weren't tested.

Atlanta Public School District Spokesman Steven Alford told the crowd they relied on the professional work of the first responders to make that determination.

Alford told the crowd the district should have done more to make sure the problem didn't happen to begin with.

"I think we have to do a much better job, just making sure our kids are safe," Alford said.

The school has already added carbon monoxide detectors. They are looking to also add the kind that will connect to the alarm system.

All of the parents seemed to want to talk about the carbon monoxide leak.

Parent Alfred Johnson wanted to know it took a carbon monoxide scare to some of the parents involved.

"What we need to do as parents is be more involved with our kid's school," Alfred Johnson said. "I don't know about you, but I was excited when I saw that although the kids got sick, they survived."

District representatives said they will take of the concerns back to the school board and hold a follow-up meeting, which is to be announced.

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