Students and parents call Columbus Alternative High School unsafe

Columbus Alternative High School (WSYX/WTTE)

Major health and safety concerns inside one of the highest performing Columbus City Schools were revealed Wednesday night. Parents decided to speak up at the school board meeting after an underground transformer blew last week which caused an evacuation of the school.

“We’re not safe here,” sophomore Griffin Hughes told Scoring Our Schools. “Different faculty said, ‘Get away. Get as far away from the building as you possibly can.’”

The 700-800 students study in a school built for elementary school children. Some students say the don’t use the restroom at school as the stalls are too low and cramped. Students have taken pictures of broken fixtures within the building and others mended with duct tape. They say excessive heat have caused staff inside to faint and roaches and mice have also been a concern.

After last week’s evacuation, Hughes created pins stating, “I’m not safe here. #CAHSVIBE.” Power was not restored to the building until the following day.

Now, parents and students are demanding a safety audit of CAHS and an alternative site for kids to learn. They say they’re situation has become an emergency. The district’s Facilities Task Force has a chance to recommend CAHS be moved to a vacated North High School building but decided to advance other proposals instead.

“I want an honest, genuine answer as to why they (the school board) continue to do this to us.”

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