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Children tested for lead at Portland school with elevated levels in water

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Free lead testing was available on Monday at one of the Portland schools where elevated levels of lead were found in the drinking water.

The testing started at 3 p.m. at Rose City Park School and went until 8 p.m.

Experts are focusing on testing children and pregnant women within the school district.

"I feel that lead testing is something they should have be free, seeing as how it's kind of their fault," said Tiger Lily Raine.

Ten-year-old Tiger Lily put on a brave face while getting tested for lead in her blood. She's wrapping up the fourth grade at Rose City Park.

At Rose City Park, high levels of lead were found in the water coming from sinks and drinking fountains.

Tiger Lily's parents said they are frustrated.

"They're doing the best they can. I'm not glad that it's happened. I'd like some answers. I'd like to know who dropped the ball on this. You know, there's a lot of finger pointing at Carole Smith," said Kelly Raine.

The lead tests take only a few minutes. After a quick finger stick, a blood sample is put into a machine that calculates micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood.

If the number is higher than 3.3 micrograms, the family will be told to see their doctor for further testing then experts will try to identify the source of the lead and get rid of it.

"The home is the most common place we see lead poisoning happening so we'd begin to work from the home out to identify particular sources," said Dr. Jae Douglas, Multnomah County Environmental Health Director.

Luckily, Tiger Lily's levels are low and normal, putting her family at ease.

The Multnomah County Health Department said they screen 225 children and adults. Two children recorded blood lead levels that require a venous blood draw to confirm.

Creston School is the other building where high levels of lead were found in the drinking water, and there will be another free lead testing clinic there on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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