Almost 100 people from the very same New Jersey high school have all developed brain tumors. No one knows why.

94 people from Colonia High School in Woodbridge, New Jersey are part of a cancer cluster of still unknown origin.

Fortunately one of the survivors is an environmental scientist Al Lupiano, who is bringing attention to this and he is relentlessly looking for answers.

Lupiano was diagnosed with glioblastoma (brain cancer) when he was 27 years old, about 25 years ago.

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Last year, Lupiano’s wife and sister also developed brain tumors, as first reported by CBS New York. They are also both graduates of Colonia High School.

Lupiano told CBS News New York that "Fast forward to August of last year … My sister received the news she had a primary brain tumor, herself. Unfortunately, it turned out to be stage 4 glioblastoma. Two hours later, we received information that my wife also had a primary brain tumor,” said Lupiano.

Lupiano knew that something was very wrong here. "I started doing some research and the three became five, the five became seven, the seven became 15," said Lupiano.

Lupiano's sister passed away in February, 2022 at the young age of 44. Lupiano became focused as to why all three of them had contracted these rare brain tumors.

It motivated Lupiano to create a Facebook group to determine if there were more Colonia High School alumni had developed brain tumors or other conditions.

Lupiano has been able to confirm that 94 former students and staff of Colonia High School had developed brain tumors, as per coverage in New York Post.

Luciano has reported his findings to Colonia High School. He is presently working with local officials to address the situation.

"What I find alarming is there's truly only one environmental link to primary brain tumors and that's ionizing radiation,” said Lupiano.

“It's not contaminated water. It's not air. It's not something in soil," Lupiano said to CBS News. "It's not something done to us due to bad habits,” said Lupiano.

Dr. Joseph Massimino, superintendent of Woodbridge Township School District has commented that they are waiting for more details and formulating next steps, in coordination with New Jersey environmental agencies.

Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac immediately and responsibly got engaged. He has contacted:

  • The New Jersey state Department of Health.
  • United States Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Federal Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry.

Mayor McCormac confirmed these details yesterday to PEOPLE Magazine.

Social media has played a big role in shining the light of truth on this situation.

A video posted on TikTok video by Dr. Joe Whittington, a board-certified doctor in California gave this issue much needed public attention.

The video has been viewed more than 3 million times.
Whittington believes that the Colonia High School students and staff have developed glioblastoma multiforme, a fast-growing and aggressive brain tumor that invades the nearby brain tissue.

Lupiano has confirmed that he will not stop until he finds out what has happened here over the years at Colonia High School.

“I will not rest until I have answers. I will uncover the truth," Lupiano said to

SOURCES: PEOPLE Magazine, CBS News New York, New York Post, & Dr. Joe Whittington.

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New Jersey high school graduation rates

The lists below show 4-year graduation rates for New Jersey public schools for the 2020-21 school year. The statewide graduation rate fell slightly, from 91% in 2019-20 to 90.6%.

The lists, which are sorted by county and include a separate list for charter schools, also include a second graduation rate, which excludes students whose special education IEPs allow them to qualify for diplomas despite not meeting typical coursework and attendance requirements.

Columns with an asterisk or 'N' indicate there was no data or it was suppressed to protect student privacy.


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