NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hundreds of children at J.E. Moss Elementary School in Antioch went on with school Wednesday despite what some say are sanitary and health issues.
According to a parent and several teachers, Wednesday was the second day of no running water, no flushing toilets and no air conditioning at the school.
A father-of-two, who didn’t want to be identified because his wife is a teacher at the school, told News 2 he is concerned for the well-being of the children.
“I came here and brought fans, you know, making sure my wife and the kids had some circulation that they could pump through.”
His wife is one of several teachers who was worried about the conditions inside the school.
“She was really upset yesterday, couldn’t believe that they are not even letting parents know,” he explained.
News 2 also spoke with another teacher who didn’t want to be identified out of fear of losing her job.
She said some school employees took it upon themselves to notify parents of the conditions, which she described as unsanitary.
The long-time teacher at the school told News 2 the heat made some students sick to the point of vomiting, and without water, it’s been difficult to clean up.
Joe Bass, spokesman for Metro Schools, did admit the air conditioning was out, calling it a utility issue following a water main problem nearby. He also told News 2 the water was on but the pressure was low.
While at the school Wednesday, News 2 saw several crews with Metro Water on hand trying to fix the problem, which was ultimately sorted out late Wednesday afternoon.
Bass told News 2 the principal notified parents of the issues Wednesday. The teachers, however, told News 2 they were unaware.