More than 300 former students and staff who attended and worked at Camden High school are launching a class action legal suit against the NSW Department of Education over cancer claims.
The school was built on the site of Camden's old gasworks. Now, almost half of the people involved have cancer and believe their illnesses are linked to the school, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Leonie Curry was one of them. Sadly, she lost her battle with brain tumours in June aged 44.
Curry’s family is convinced she fell ill due to the toxic substances found in the soil at the school. Her husband Rod Curry told 7 News: 'They all remember the black sludge, dropping the smokes down the holes and letting them explode.'
He added: 'You think you send your kids off to school, they should be safe.'
Thirty people who attended the school have died from cancer or blood disorders, 7 News reports.
Camden High School was shut down 15 years ago but the empty classrooms still remain. A retirement village is set to be built on the site once the contamination has been removed.