The last thing we expected to hear from supermodel Cindy Crawford was that she pulled her two kids out of Malibu High School!
You read right. Cindy and husband Rande Gerber’s kids, son Presley, 15, and daughter Kaia, 12, didn’t attend the first week of classes because of elevated levels of PCBs found in the school’s window caulking. And you know what? Cindy is not OK with it.
"I don't feel 100 percent safe," the model explained during a Today interview on August 19. According to the news program, the school randomly tested 10 classrooms for the chemical in question after complaints from teachers. It was shortly discovered that four rooms had PCB levels well above the federal limit.
So what exactly is PCB? That would be polychlorinated biphenyl, a chemical that can cause cancer and harmfully affect the immune, reproductive, and nervous systems. PCB can even seep into dirt, dust, and air, making it all the more dangerous.
"I'm very frustrated and I'm very disappointed at the way this has been handled," Cindy adds. "The problem is, for me, that they haven't tested the source." The school has since stated they will remove the caulk in the four rooms and continue to monitor the situation, while also insisting the school is safe.
However, Cindy is still skeptical. "I think that air testing and water testing are a great piece of the puzzle," she said. "Unless they're testing every day, how do I know that every day it's safe for my kid?"
If you think Cindy is overreacting, remember the 48-year-old was once enrolled at Northwestern University for chemical engineering. She has even offered to fund further PCB testing out of her own pocket.
"I look 10 years down the line. What if my kid, God forbid, had a problem?" she says. "How could I live with myself if I knew that it was a possibility and I still sent them to school there?"
Here’s hoping the situation gets rectified and Cindy’s kids can safely head back to school!