The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District has Violated their Own Least-Hazardous Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy by Using Sulfuryl fluoride (Vikane) in their Elementary Schools

See PDF copy of the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District’s Revised Integrated Pest Management Program discussing the District’s adoption of a Least-Hazardous Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy.


It is the policy of the District to focus and develop long-term pest prevention methods and give “non-chemical” methods first consideration when selecting appropriate control measures. The full range of alternatives will be considered, giving preference to non-chemical methods, and then chemicals that pose the least hazard to people and the environment.

Despite these written policies and procedures the SMMUSD has ordered the use of Vikane (Sulfuryl fluoride) in their elementary schools!

See links to:

Sulfuryl Fluoride Regulatory Documents and Activities

See PDF copy of the News Article Entitled:

Police Called on Moms, as Exterminators Poison Termites at Roosevelt Elementary School

Police Called on Moms, as Exterminators Poison Termites at Roosevelt Elementary School – Santa Monica Observer

See Link to News Article:

The SMMUSD continues to show a blatant disregard to the health and well being of its Teachers and Students!

  1. Superintendent Sandra Lyon ordered the use of Fumitoxins and Strychnine on Saturday, Aug 22, 2015 at Malibu High School, Juan Cabrillo and Webster Elementary schools despite hundreds of letters from parents in protest.

Her reckless actions put kids, staff and wildlife at risk.

See link to America Unites For Kids Freedom of Information Act request dated Aug 22, 2015:

Freedom Of Info Act Dec 22-1

See link to Malibu Parent’s letter to Superintendent Sandra Lyon and Published in the Malibu Times on September 4, 2015:

Malibu Parent’s Letter: Protecting Children

Malibu Parent Stacie Cox’ Public Comment about Superintendent Sandra Lyon:

An empathetic and confident leader would make all her decisions based on how to best protect children, and not make decisions based on legally what she can get away with. You seem to act on false information, archaic ideals, and without a conscience. Your behavior is unconscionable and you should be ashamed of yourself.”

Rodenticide use at Malibu Schools Rouses Call for District Separation

See Malibu Times Article here:

See City of Malibu Brochure Re: Poison Free Malibu:


In January 2014, SMMUSD staff raised concerns about PCB exposure in Malibu High School and Middle School (MHS) and Juan Cabrillo Elementary School (JCS) after three teachers reported thyroid cancer diagnoses.

See letter to Sandra Lyon from 12 teachers at Malibu High School:


The City of Malibu through Resolution No. 14-58 requests that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) conduct further source testing for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) at all Malibu school campuses and in all rooms. Every inch of caulking does not need to be tested to verify there are PCBs. It is reasonable and based on standard building practices is responsible to assume that all like caulking in the same building contains PCBs. 

See City of Malibu’s September 23, 2014 Resolution No. 14-58 below:


The SMMUSD is misleading the public with false statements to try and justify their choice to keep exposing Malibu children to cancerous, toxic PCBs. 

On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, the SMMUSD ordered a “special” cleaning of the classrooms prior to Environ testing the dust and air. They asked teachers to remove all items from all surfaces so they can send a “special” crew to remove dust from surfaces; the same surfaces that Environ will be wipe testing hours later.

This renders PCB results meaningless. The goal of wipe and air testing is to see what the students and staff have been exposed to for the past 4 months. However, if they clean it hours before testing then any evidence of PCB exposure is removed.  Click Here to see email


This was done to guarantee the results are below EPA guidelines. Sadly, these test results will be nothing more than a PR move by the district to reassure parents and waste taxpayer dollars.


6 teachers with thyroid cancer;

4 alumni (28-year-old)with thyroid cancer;

1 current student with thyroid disease, possible thyroid cancer

25 teachers with thyroid disease (including 14 of 30 Malibu Middle School teachers);

10 alumni in their 20s with thyroid disease;

1 alumni (22-year-old) with environmentally induced melanoma;

2 current teachers with environmentally induced melanoma;

1 teacher hospitalized from an environmentally-induced rash;

1 current student with an environmentally-induced rash lasting several months

innumerable cases of headaches; persistent rashes; daily migraines; infertility issues; hair loss; immune issues; respiratory issues; and diabetes.

Email the SMMUSD Board of Education and tell them to STOP poisoning our children and teachers!

Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education:

Oscar de la Torre
Dr. Jose Escarce
Craig Foster
Maria Leon-Vazquez
Laurie Lieberman
Ralph Mechur
Vice President
Dr. Richard