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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Parents of four students filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against New Jersey's largest school district and other public officials over lead found in drinking water.

The parents allege in the suit against Newark's public schools that the district deliberately exposed children to harmful levels of lead, which is known to severely affect a child's development. The district shut off water fountains at half of its buildings in March because of elevated lead levels.

The suit is seeking class-action status, according to attorney Joel Silberman. The lawsuit said the district's actions created and increased the risk of serious and life-threatening dangers to the children, and it seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

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