Ball State pesticide pulled after parents complain

Ball StateMUNCIE, Ind.: Ball State University has canceled plans to spray herbicides on the lawns around its K-12 school after objections from parents worried that it would expose their children to chemical toxins.

The Star Press reports Burris Laboratory School Principal Cathlene Darragh sent an email to Burris parents saying the school decided against the spraying.

Dave Ring, owner of an organic grocery store, helped lead the fight against the use of the weed killer Trimec 992. A petition Ring started against the spraying had gathered more than 130 signatures.

Ring says he’s “very happy and grateful” to Ball State President Jo Ann Gora and her administration for being responsive to parents’ concerns. -AP

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