Baltimore Students Left Freezing in Unheated Classrooms

Picture of students at a Baltimore school during the current frigid conditions.

HAVANA TIMES – As a severe cold snap hits the East Coast of the United States, in Baltimore Maryland, parents, teachers and students are protesting frigid conditions at public schools, with schoolchildren left shivering in classrooms and temperatures barely rising above freezing, reports Democracy Now.

Photos like this one show children bundled in winter parkas seated on a classroom floor; a high school classroom and a gymnasium left badly damaged after they were flooded by burst pipes; and a thermometer measuring one classroom’s temperature at 42 degrees (5 C).

The Baltimore Teachers Union condemned the conditions as “unfair” and “inhumane” and called on officials to close schools for the rest of the week. State Senator Bill Ferguson—a former Baltimore public school teacher—said the city’s schools requested funds for heating and air conditioning but were denied due to “fiscal constraints.” Ferguson blasted Republican Governor Bill Hogan in a tweet, writing, “Governor Hogan suggests enough money has gone to Baltimore City, additional resources not needed.”

 

 



One thought on “Baltimore Students Left Freezing in Unheated Classrooms

  • Actually, we’ve all been suffering up here due to this persistent sub-zero weather. Still, not as much as most of the folks in Puerto Rico, who have been without power for more than three months now! (We were without power for a day-and-a-half before Xmas, then for two days on Xmas day and the day after. Temps got down to the upper 40’s deg. F. in the house, but glad the heat and electricity are now back on). Hard to type when you can see your breath!

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