Wheatley High School demolition: opponents concerned about asbestos

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HOUSTON, Tx.  -– Community members who want to prevent the demolition of Wheatley High School in the Fifth Ward have a new approach: they are declaring the tear-down process unsafe.

“These particles are going in the air and people are going to get lung cancer,” says Carol Hall Woods.

“[The building] contains asbestos and so it's dangerous,” adds Cynthia Hall.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was with this crowd on Tuesday when a judge threw out their bid to stop the demo. She was reportedly going to be there when the asbestos claims were made Wednesday morning, but did not show up.

We reached out to the Houston Independent School District for comment on these latest claims but didn't hear back.

For now the only thing that's definitely in the air -- is tension.