YUKON, Okla. - Parents are turning up the heat after a malfunction in the air conditioning unit leaves Mustang Trails Elementary students allegedly sweating it out in the classroom.
“He was sick,” said one concerned parent, speaking on her son’s experience. “It made him sick to his stomach Friday.”
That parent wishes to remain anonymous, but she’s not alone in her sentiment.
“I just don’t understand why they’re having the kids go to school with it being that hot,” said Jason Price, whose son attends the school. “I don’t know why they can’t just cancel school, then once it’s fixed start back up again.”
The AC initially went down on Friday, August 22nd. Officials at the school say repairs have been underway since the weekend, but the AC has been on and off all week.
The school released a statement today that said in part:
“Mustang Public Schools, along with many other districts, has been battling air conditioning problems with the arrival of temperatures near or topping 100-degrees.”
While some parents were notified, not all received the memo.
“I don’t understand why they haven’t told all the parents that it’s not working,” said Price. “A lot of parents around here that I’ve talked to have said they wouldn’t be sending their kids to school had they known they would sit in a hot school all day,” said the concerned mother.
Fans were dispersed throughout the school, and teachers were told to escort students to cooler portions of the building during different parts of the day.
School officials say the AC was fixed late Tuesday afternoon, and the building should be cooled off by the start of school on Wednesday.