A Jackson elementary school is experiencing plumbing issues, according to the school district, but parents say the children are being forced to learn in unsanitary conditions because the city has not fixed the problem.
Key Elementary School is providing bottled water, sack lunches, and hand sanitizer to students, states Jackson Public School Public and Media Relations spokesperson Sherwin Johnson in a written statement Thursday afternoon.
Parents of the students, however, say the problem has been going on far too long, and it's time for the City of Jackson to repair the issue.
"My child is breathing in urine and feces. This is disgusting," expressed one parent. "Something needs to be done."
The school district distributed a release in response to the conditions, acknowledging that they are working with the city to make repairs.
"Key Elementary School is currently experiencing plumbing issues. As a safety precaution, bottled water, sack lunches, and hand sanitizers are being provided to students and staff at the school while repairs are being made. Bathrooms are safe to use.
The Jackson Public School District is working closely with the City of Jackson and a licensed contractor to fix the plumbing problems.
Key Elementary is located at 699 West McDowell Road."
Students at Key Elementary do not have running water. The school district would not identify a day when the plumbing issue began, but LaToya Fuller, mother of four students, says the issue has been going on all week. The mother states she received a phone call from another concerned parent and went directly to the school, where she snapped three photos of the restrooms.
The photos show clogged up sinks and toilets with waste nearly over-flowing. A second photo captures a urinal with a trash bag taped to the wall so as not to be used. The third photo shows a sink wrapped with a trash bag and a large bottle of hand sanitizer setting on top with a hand written note that reads:
"Do not use sink. Use hand sanitizer. Do not remove hand sanitizer."
Fuller said her child explained they were allowed to go to the restroom, but were told to not flush the toilet.
The school district did not give a date when they expect the plumbing issues to be repaired. Fuller, however, claims she was told the issue would not be resolved this week.
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