Group claims rodents and cockroaches causing asthma troubles at P.S. 156

The group Advocates for Children is blaming a rodent and cockroach problem on the high asthma rate at P.S. 156.

According to members of the group, the school was built over an abandoned Metro-North station, which they say is a breading ground for rodents. They say about 77 percent of the students at P.S. 156 have asthma and blame the problem on the rodents and cockroaches in the school.

But the Department of Education says only 7 percent of the students have asthma and insist there is no sign of rodent and cockroach infestation at P.S. 156.

Advocates for Children officials also claim that teachers at the school suffer from allergies. They say there is a high rate of teacher absences at the school.

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