"There's a what in the school basement?" That was the reaction many people had in November when test results revealed high levels of lead in the Marion Street Elementary School in Lynbrook, N.Y., emanating from a basement rifle range.

It seems that for decades, the Lynbrook High School rifle teams used it for target practice and competition—a notion that alarmed parents who had fresh memories of school shootings in places like Littleton, Colo., and Springfield,


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