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Concerned parents contact FOX28 about Penn swimming pool


Some parents are concerned about the safety of their kids at the pool at Penn High School. They contacted the St. Joseph County Health Department and FOX28 News looking for answers.

St. Joe County Health Officer Dr. Thomas Felger says an inspector was sent to the pool after getting complaints from swim team parents.

Dr. Felger says Penn High School hasn't had an issue in the past. "Nobody has an explanation as to why it got out of line, but it definitely was," said Felger.

Dr. Felger says there was a problem with the water in the pool. "The pH or acidity was too low. There was too much chlorine, and then the alkalinity was also low. And in the chemistry of that, that just adds up to it being a fairly irritant kind of water," said Felger. He says the department does intend on returning to the pool to check and make sure all the chemicals are balanced and it's still safe to swim.

Penn High School swim team parents worry the issue goes beyond the water in the pool. They were reluctant to be interviewed for our story. One parent did sent FOX28 pictures of what she believes is mold in the vents near the pool. 

"Probably they have a problem with the air circulation as well from the look of the place," said Dr. Felger. "That apparently is being investigated now."

FOX28 left multiple messages with PHM's Superintendent, Dr. Jerry Thacker, about the concerns. We also contacted the district's director of communications. She declined an on-camera interview, but told FOX28 the school is resolving the issue by having an air quality check.

For now, the St. Joseph County Health Department is urging some people to avoid the pool. "If someone has asthma and they overreact to irritants or things in the air, then yes, that might be a problem. Now - as far as getting a bacteria or a virus, no," said Dr. Felger.

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