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The recent finding that our school's water system has been contaminate

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Statement from the Board of Education
The recent finding that our school's water system has been contaminated with lead is understandably shocking to parents. When we first discovered traces of lead in our water system, we were assured by local authorities that the levels were not dangerously high, and that running the taps prior to the school day would eliminate any risk posed to children. We now know that the levels are too high, and have taken appropriate measures to inform parents and students to ensure that no one is at risk.


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The revelation that Borough Middle School has been allowing students to drink contaminated water for months is just one of a series of incidents throughout the county that has demonstrated negligence on the part of local and state authorities. In an effort to do as little as possible, the school instructed workers to remain quiet about the situation and open the taps every morning, believing that this would eliminate most of the lead in the water supply. However, the school should have informed families and students of the potential health hazards and allowed them the opportunity to make their own informed choices regarding these risks.


Which of the following, if true, would best support the journalist's conclusion that the actions of the school were negligent?

A) By law, schools do not have to inform families of lead unless they reach dangerously high levels as mandated by state authorities.

B) The risk levels for lead consumption are different among children and adults.

C) It is unknown how much lead is truly safe for children and adolescents to consume.

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Key words from the statement by the Board of Education are: “…we were assured by local authorities that the levels were not dangerously high….We now know that the levels are too high”.

Look at answer choice C. If it were not known how much lead is safe for people, the school would have been negligent in allowing any lead to be consumed. Answer choice C is correct.
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I'm not convinced with the answer.
we should deal with stimulus as true. we can't assume that the premise is lying.

The premise clearly said that the state authorities assured that the levels were not dangerously high, and that running the taps prior to the school day would eliminate ANY RISK posed to children.
If It is unknown how much lead is truly safe for children and adolescents to consume, so the state authorities are lying. (and the school is not to be blamed anyway)
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MahmoudFawzy wrote:
I'm not convinced with the answer.
we should deal with stimulus as true. we can't assume that the premise is lying.

The premise clearly said that the state authorities assured that the levels were not dangerously high, and that running the taps prior to the school day would eliminate ANY RISK posed to children.
If It is unknown how much lead is truly safe for children and adolescents to consume, so the state authorities are lying. (and the school is not to be blamed anyway)


The stimulus has also mentioned that authorities were negligent in many other incidents - this casts doubt on their suggestion.
Further, given that the school weren't sure on the amount of lead that was safe to consume, it should have all the more informed families and students of the potential health hazards.
Undoubtedly the answer is C.
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what is the final OA here?
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what is the final OA here?


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Key words from the statement by the Board of Education are: “…we were assured by local authorities that the levels were not dangerously high….We now know that the levels are too high”.

Look at answer choice C. If it were not known how much lead is safe for people, the school would have been negligent in allowing any lead to be consumed.

Answer choice C is correct.


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C is correct. Since if we are not sure how much lead is safe, the school might have been careless

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