Walls Elementary students back at school following gas leak - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Walls Elementary students back at school following gas leak

Students returned to Walls Elementary today at 12:45 p.m following a morning gas leak.

The repair was complete at 10 a.m., and the air quality and repairs were inspected by the Walls Fire Department.  When the fire department gave their OK, students returned to school. 

DeSoto County School officials had sent Walls Elementary students to Lake Cormorant Middle School and Lake Cormorant Elementary School Monday morning following a gas smell that was detected around 7 a.m.

The smell was detected prior to the student's arrival. Officials then made the decision to relocate the pre-school through fifth grade students to neighboring schools until the gas problem is corrected.

Last Thursday the gas company detected a leak outside the building, repaired it, and added a substance to the actual gas lines. The substance produces a "rotten egg" smell if any gas leaks into the building.

"There was a smell when I entered the building this morning, so we decided take every precaution to ensure the safety and comfort of all our students while they are in our care," principal Becky Kelley said.

The pre-school students were transported to Lake Cormorant Elementary School, and all other students were transported to Lake Cormorant Middle School. Additional county office staff came to Lake Cormorant Middle School to help prepare meals for the students.

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