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Cumberland high school students sent home after heat goes off

Posted March 3, 2009

— Students at Pine Forest High School in Cumberland County got an early dismissal Tuesday after power went out in their building, district spokeswoman Wanda McPhaul said.

Students were dismissed at 1:15 p.m. Normally, the school day ends at 3:30 p.m.

Two other schools – Warrenwood and Howard Hall elementaries – also lost power, but students were kept in their classrooms. McPhaul said elementary students wore coats and ate cold lunches during the two-hour outage.


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  • 2beachy4u Mar 4, 2009

    The HS students go to go home but the Elementary students had to wear jackets and eat cold lunches? What's wrong with this picture. I hope they called the parents and informed them of this because I would have been irate if that were my child. They should have dismissed school and let these children go home as well. It doesn't matter about the technology they needed in order to teach the HS students, the bottom line is it should be about the child's well-being and this decision was not. Poor children!

  • LibertarianTechie Mar 3, 2009

    StefanyJoy, now please do not forget that at the high school level, they have computer classrooms, science experiments, and whatnot that are government mandated that require electricity to run. If you cannot teach, why hold them in class? The high school did the right thing. So did the elementary schools being they do not need all of that technology to teach.

  • scarletindurham Mar 3, 2009

    They let the high schoolers go home and made the little children stay there? I hope they called the parents; I would have picked up my child in a flash.