Asbestos complaints pour in with school starting back tomorrow in Amite county


AMITE COUNTY, Miss.–Students in the Amite County School District head back to class tomorrow. WJTV’s News Channel 12’s Lucy Dieckhaus finds out why a construction project is keeping some parents from taking their kids to class.

Much needed repairs are happening throughout the Amite County School District, but some parents say they refuse to bring their students to class because the school is a construction zone.

“The floors have been removed. The chairs have been removed out of the auditorium. Now they are doing the construction on the roof. They are replacing the roof. I don’t feel that it is safe,” said Candace Jefferson, an Amite County School District parent.

“Because look at the school aint no way these children can come over here like this. You have a lot of children that can take sick behind this,” said Neiontra Robinson.

Parents say they are concerned about health issues after asbestos was found in the schools, but Amite County Superintendent Scotty Whittington said it was all cleared out over the summer break.

“The asbestos is totally abated in the high school and elementary school buildings and they have run an air quality check and they say we are in no danger everything is fine,” said Superintendent Whittington.

Whittington wants to assure parents student safety is a top priority and most renovations will continue after school.

“It’s okay to bring them to school. We’re not going to do anything that might put them in any danger,” said Superintendent Whittington.

Candice Jefferson, mother of two, said she’s concerned about several classes being stuffed into one classroom.

“There’s no way that you can teach approximately 50 students in one classroom. That’s too many,” said Candace Jefferson, an Amite County School District parent.

“And I know this is going to be an inconvenience for all of them, but we are just going to have to pull together on this. Everybody is going to have to work together,” said Superintendent Whittington.

But for now parents say classes shouldn’t start until the schools are in better shape.

Despite the construction, school will still start tomorrow for the Amite County School District.

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