Over 100 Former Students At New Jersey High School Develop Brain Tumors, Probe Launched

An investigation is underway after it was discovered that more than 100 people who attended a New Jersey high school have since developed brain tumors.

As reported by CBS News, Al Lupiano - a former resident of Woodbridge Township and Colonia High School alumnus - reached out to his old classmates after his family received some devastating news.

Twenty years ago, Lupiano was diagnosed with an extremely rare tumor on the left side of his brain.

Then, in August of last year, his sister, Angela Decillis, received the news she had a primary brain tumor, which turned out to be a stage 4 glioblastoma.

Two hours later, Lupiano's wife Michelle was also told that she had a primary brain tumor.

Angela sadly passed away on February 17 from Glioblastoma Multiforme (or GBM).

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Lupiano, an environmental scientist, has since told ABC7: "I had told my sister from the very beginning that there was too much of a coincidence that me, my wife, and her all have the same tumor."

After theorizing that his family's diagnoses could be down to the fact that all three attended the same high school, Lupiano put out a Facebook message to anybody who had ever attended Colonia High School to see if others had been affected.

Per ABC7, Lupiano has since learned that a total of 104 former students and faculty have been diagnosed with brain tumors, with about half of them being cancerous.

He is now working alongside fellow environmentalist Jason Wisinski - another former graduate of Colonia High School.

Wisinski speaks out on the developing situation below:

What's more, Wisinski lost his wife, Janice, 10 years ago to an inoperable brain tumor known as Anaplastic Astrocytoma. At the time of her death, Janice was pregnant with the couple's only child.

Janice's sister, Cheryl Black, also died from brain cancer back in 2015. The sisters were diagnosed just eight days apart.

"My wife fought like crazy. At the time, medium lifespan for her type of tumor was 18 months. She made it five years," Wisinski said.

Lupiano and Wisinski are now using a GPS to test for radiation on the grounds of their old high school, per a contract issued by Woodbridge Township.

Per CBS, the school was built back in 1967, with the town's mayor, John McCormick, saying: "It was virgin land. It was woods. The high school was the first thing to be there, so there was probably nothing in the ground at that time.

"The only thing that could have happened, potentially, was fill that was brought in during construction. We have no records 55 years ago."

The school is currently set to remain open as the environmental testing - which is estimated to last around one month - gets underway. Mayor McCormac has confirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency is involved with the probe.

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