Recently, the EPA has been urging the people of Flint to get their homes tested and every child have their blood tested. After two years of the water crisis, one year after lead advisories, and months after free filters have been given out, the EPA announcement is a little too late. Here’s why, after 30 days lead is no longer exposed in the bloodstream, because the body starts storing the lead into bones and other parts of the body, thus making it much harder to detect lead poisoning. Particularly for developing bodies, the bones and brain are absorbing more, raising the chance for lead to go undetected. To make matters worse for families in Flint, the blood results are not received until at least a month after the testing, as a result of short staffing. There is only one medical technician in all of the Genesee County Health Department that is testing the blood levels. The technician requested for more funding and staffing but has received no response. It’s safe to say that this problem will not go away, and instead will raise even more issues in the future.
Each year, DTV submits it’s projects to two statewide contests held by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA). Each contest has categories that individual videos are submitted to. DTV has been earned dozens of awards, most for individual categories, and some for the bigger awards, which you can read about at http://dtvnews.org/awards/. You can check out the content submitted this year on our Youtube page, or the sports content on NFHS.
Below are some samples that DTV has entered this year:
A heated democratic battle on the Atlantic in New Hampshire took a backseat as Hillary Clinton took the trip westward to see the Flint water crisis firsthand.
House of Prayer Missionary Church held services as usual, full of big smiles and soulful tunes. After the services came to a close, the crowd didn’t waiver as the entirety of the men and women stayed put and gave a standing ovation to Hillary and Mayor Karen Weaver taking the stage.
The former Secretary of State began her speech by quoting a Psalms verse, saying in addition how nice it is to be with the pastor as they’ve both lived in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
From there, Hillary quoted just how poorly the state government has been during the crisis, “What happened in Flint is immoral. The children of Flint are just as precious as the children in any part of America.”
Clinton also called attention to a near $600 million dollar bill going through Congress saying the bill needs to be passed, saying “…this is no time for politics as usual.”
“I will fight for you in Flint, no matter how long it takes”, Clinton said as she wrapped up her speech with her commitment to the city until the problem ceases to exist.
“Let’s make sure we take care of the people of Flint and give every child a chance to grow up to their God-given potential!”
Politics and presidential runs aside, Hillary Clinton shined an even brighter spotlight on Flint and its ongoing emergency.
In all of Genesee County, there is one lab technician testing blood lead samples.
Peggy Abram, a medical technologist, is the sole person checking blood samples for lead at the Genesee County Health Department, according to herself and sources. The slow, 30-day response for whether blood tests are positive for lead is more apparent now than ever.
Ms. Abrams says the County Health Department gets over 30 walk-in blood tests a day, plus all of the samples collected at testing clinics like the one held yesterday at Carriage Town Ministries. Abram and her two co-workers say they have asked for extra resources for the lab, but have not received any help.
Families are losing time on knowing what’s in their blood, as the workload increases.
DTV has tried to get more information, but so far has gotten no response from the Genesee County Health Department.
The citizens of Flint are struggling to keep a healthy lifestyle, given that they can’t use their own water. Davison High School is stepping up and sending aid. This Saturday, February 6th, Davison hockey fans can get into the game for $1.00 is one case of water is donated to help those in Flint. On the contrary, DECA started the H2O for 810 project. Starting on Monday, February 8th, anyone can donate money or water to the H2O for 810 project in the main office or in the Cardinal shop at lunch.
TV station met TV station on Wednesday morning. And not just the morning, we’re talking 5 AM, the early morning.
Nonetheless ABC12 drove just minutes over to Davison High School to talk all things DTV. Marc Jacobson and the morning crew rolled in at 4:30. From then on we went live for teases, interviews and talking about DTV’s current projects, especially Undrinkable. It nearly has 42,000 views as of Wednesday, and its only growing larger. More and more people are learning about how the Flint water crisis became what it is, notably with help from Michael Moore’s tweets and independent news organizations shouting out the documentary. If you still haven’t seen it, click here.
ABC12’s coverage from this morning is here.
Earlier today in a press conference held in Detroit, Gov. Rick Snyder took the podium once again to add more fuel to fire burning around the Flint water situation. A sudden spike in cases of Legionella, also known as Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. There have been 10 deaths in 87 cases of Legionnaires reported in Genesee County. 5 of the deaths were from people who were on Flint water.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that Legionella bacterium thrives in warm, stagnant water, like the kind found in hot tubs, cooling towers, and hot water tanks.
Infection occurs when the mist or vapor containing the bacteria is inhaled. You can read more about the disease here.
But here’s the real kicker: although all of the cases are not directly connected to Flint water yet, the spikes of Legionnaires coincides with the timing of the initial switch to Flint River water.
This information came after Snyder’s announcement last night that the Michigan National Guard would be in Flint today to hand out water and water filters.
From unhealthy to potentially deadly, the problems faced by Snyder and the people of Flint continue to pile on, and there seems to be no sign of the bad news slowing down.
A package rolls into Davison High School on a warm September day. The address reads, “Randy Scott, Davison High School”.
Inside the package, and the other packages to come, lies the future of Davison High School’s television station.
The Broadcast Pix Granite Switcher is the key piece to the re-invention of DTV in this new school year. The switcher runs the show when we’re live. It controls how we present ourselves on-air during live events. Not only that, but soon it will be the main center for all of our graphics as well. With that said, it is without a doubt the most important piece!
Another key piece to our live event broadcasts is the brand new cameras we got. The Sony PXW-X320 XDCAM’s are top-notch cameras that DTV will be using for big events such as football games and live concerts at DHS. These changes mean DTV can finally move from analog to Digital, and now we can shoot and edit all videos in High Definition.
The newest addition to our upgrade is our new audio board, the Soundcraft LX7ii. Not only will our video look good, it will sound great. This board allows us to preview our audio without having to put sound out on air.
These upgrades have been 10 years in the making. Everything was paid for by funds raised by the DTV program, Career Tech Education funds, and generous help from the Davison Schools administration.
With all of these changes a new foundation has been created for the DTV program to continue to grow and create great television and educational experiences for years to come.
It’s made local, regional, and national news. DTV was right in the mix since the beginning to cover the worst crisis in Flint in decades.
In this modern world, it’s expected when you turn on the faucet or when you turn the shower handle that clean, usable water will travel through the pipes and flow out.
Instead, families have gotten the opposite. For over a year and a half, families all throughout the city have been lifting their sink handles only to find the water coming out is not only unclean, it’s poisonous. Not to mention they’ve had to pay for this water, with bills skyrocketing.
Through our documentary “Undrinkable”, we cover the entire timeline from where it all started to where Flint is right now, with a new mayor and administration.
Click on the picture up above or here to watch.