White Station closes early over heating issues

White Station closes early over heating issues

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - For the second time this week students from White Station High School were dismissed early because of heating issues.

White Station was one of several schools that closed Wednesday over the same issue.

"It's ridiculous. I shouldn't have to leave school. I should be able to stay here and get my education," said junior Ava Dillingham.

Parents, like Olivia Jennings, want answers.

“Nobody wants to address it. Everybody’s ignoring it, but the children are the ones hurting,” said Jennings.

White Station dismisses students again over faulty heating

“There’s a lot of people with blankets and big coats. I, myself, have brought a blanket because I was very cold,” said freshman Maia Roby.

Shelby County Schools officials said the decision was made to reopen the school because they believed the issues to be fixed.

SCS officials issued an apology to students, parents and staff over the issue.

“Any disruption to a learning day is always taken very seriously, especially issues involving the well-being of our students and staff. We will be working to address the issues as quickly as possible, and parents will be updated as new information becomes available.”
SCS Officials

Students told WMC the issue is an ongoing one.

“The air ain’t ever working in there either. In the summer it always be hot and in the winter it always be too cold,” said senior Philip Defrank.

“It is just poor administration from Shelby County Schools. They need to get somebody down there that knows how to run management,” said Jennings.

We reached out to SCS board member Bill Orgel, whose district includes White Station.

He wasn’t available for an interview, but sent an email which read, “Staff is working hard to complete repairs and we apologize for any inconvenience to the students faculty and parents.”

We also asked SCS if heat outages are a reoccurring issue. We’re still waiting to hear back.

SCS has not yet said if there will be classes Friday at White Station High School.

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