Jan 5, 2010 6:56 PM by Sarah Rosario

School Without Electricity Leaves Kids in Classroom Cold

A power outage Tuesday morning in St. Landry leaves many students cold and parents upset. It happened around 8am this morning at Cankton Elementary school.

The school lost power sending a chill into classrooms. School officials say the outage was caused by a tree branch falling on electrical wires about two blocks away from the school.

The students were stuck without heat for more than three hours. "I didn't know what was going on. It was dark; we barely could do any work," said 4th Grader Caitlin Williams. This upset many parents. "I'm very upset that my kids have been here all morning long with no heater at all," said Parent Dawanna Landry.

The power first went out around 8am. It briefly came back on, and then went back off. At that point, school officials made the decision to send the kids home. "It's more difficult to get kids home with parents working. You try to make that a last result because it really isn't as safe as keeping them here," said Assistant Superintendent of Operations, Jim Olivier.

Parents were called to either get their children or let them go home on the bus.
"I'm on my way to work, so they're going to come to work with me this morning," said parent Amy Wilson.

Caitlin Williams said, "It was actually colder in our classroom than what it was outside." By 1pm, the electricity was up and running but by that time the majority of the students were already sent home.

Some parents were upset that all this was happening without the school's principal to make decisions. She was out sick with the flu. The district assistant superintendent of operations eventually arrived to take control of the situation.
School will resume on Wednesday

Sarah Rosario



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