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West Residents Petition, Protest To Save High School From Demolition

(credit: CBS 11 News)

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WEST (CBSDFW.COM) - After the devastating fertilizer blast that killed 15 people, injured more than 160 others and damages or destroyed more than 150 buildings, one group of citizens has had enough destruction.

More than 300 people have signed a petition to protect the historic West High School building from being demolished.

The building dates back to 1923, and according to a website dedicated to saving it, was deemed structurally sound after the 2013 explosion.

However, the school board made the decision late last month to tear it down.

“Please do not destroy this landmark. It holds so many memories for all that went to school here. It is our school. I can’t believe you school board members that graduated from this school wants to tear it down. It’s our school,” said Annette Owen of West, on the change.org petition designed to pressure the school board to change its decision.

The board is having a meeting Tuesday evening at 6:30 at the current West High School cafeteria, 406 W. Shook St, to discuss the builing.  This special meeting was called after The Save 1923 WHS building coalition presented its case to at last week’s regularly scheduled board meeting.

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