Baltimore City Schools Leave Students Without Heat Causing National Outrage From Parents and Teachers

By Njera Perkins

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Baltimore City once again makes national news and not for good reason.

This winter’s harsh weather and extremely low temperatures has been hard on everyone and having heat seems to just be a luxury – unfortunately a luxury not everyone can enjoy. Baltimore City School students returned to school this week following their winter break, but not without being greeted with frigid, unheated classrooms. Under these conditions, a third of the city’s schools have been affected; complaints of heat issues has caused four to close down and three others to dismiss early.

Teachers were outraged with the conditions in which students had to endure learning in and took to social media to express their outrage. One teacher in particular, Former NFL player Aaron Maybin, had a viral video circulate the internet two days ago where he was forced to teach his students how to keep themselves warm in their freezing cold classroom by rubbing their hands together.

When I first saw the video, I was utterly disappointed in the public school system, but I wasn’t at all surprised. As a Baltimore native, I’ve witnessed the unfair conditions that students have had to endure over the years and although it’s been a long time coming, I’m glad that people are finally paying attention and taking initiative to help in any way they can.

Seeing these young children being forced to sit in classrooms with no heat, bundled up in coats, gloves and hats is absolutely heartbreaking. Marietta English, president of the union, said it best; “Trying to provide a stable learning environment in these extreme conditions is unfair and inhumane, to say the least.” It’s unfortunate that students have to be kept out of schools, but I’d much rather they be able to learn in a comfortable and heated environment during this season.

People have been fighting with the Baltimore City School system for years now and finally people are getting these kids the help and rightful treatment they deserve. A GoFundMe page was started up by Maybin and his team to raise money and help bring heat to these schools, and since then they’ve exceeded their goal of $20,000 by nearly triple the amount.

If you’d like to help out in anyway, please continue to donate coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, heaters, and more to these deprived schools and donate money to the GoFundMe page. Also continue to spread awareness and keep this conversation alive, we can’t stop until change occurs!

 

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