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Parents Angry That Hinds County Schools Had No Heat

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Entergy crews set to deploy for winter storm work. Entergy crews set to deploy for winter storm work.
Some Hinds county students spent their first day of the New Year back at school in freezing classrooms.

Many parents we spoke with say they were angry that their kids were forced to spend one of the coldest days of the year in classrooms with no heat.

The power went out at Raymond elementary school and carver middles school in the town of Raymond.

The temperature was 21 degrees at the time.

Administrators say Entergy initially told them crews would get the power back on within two hours. Later they told them it would take longer.

At that point they started calling parents to let them know they would be dismissing students early.

In the meantime, students say teachers gave them flashlights to find their way through the dark to the bathroom.  And some say they were fed cold pizza for lunch.  

Some parents say they were not notified but others told us they were aware of the problem and had no concerns with the district handled the emergency.

“Please know that our primary concern is for the safety of our students and staff,” said a statement from the school district’s director of community relations.  

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