The story is here on abc.com.
Environmental activist Erin Brockovich has launched her own investigation into the mysterious illness causing facial tics and verbal outbursts among 15 teenagers in Le Roy, N.Y.
Most of the teens have been diagnosed with conversion disorder — a psychological condition that causes physical symptoms like jerky tics, convulsions and even paralysis. But Brockovich suspects groundwater contamination from a chemical spill from more than 40 years ago may be behind the Tourette-like symptoms.
“They have not ruled everything out yet,” Brockovich told USA Today. “The community asked us to help, and this is what we do.”
Don Miller, whose 16-year-old daughter, Katie, still suffers from debilitating tics, said his sister contacted Brockovich for help.
“We’re just trying to eliminate everything, and she wants to eliminate that it’s the environment,” said Miller. “It’s a possibility and she wants to either prove it is or it isn’t something in the environment.”
Maybe I am getting too cynical, especially about lawyers and activists, but I have a feeling that whatever she turns up will earn her law firm a pile of money.
- Brockovich Tackles Tic Illness (abcnews.go.com)
- Erin Brockovich helping sick teens (news.ninemsn.com.au)