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DALLAS (CBS11) – A week after students at South Oak Cliff High School discovered termites crawling in the nurse’s office, they are now speaking out about water leaking from the ceiling of a science classroom.
“That’s not normal in a school building,” said Kayla Washington, a student.
DISD said through a post on Twitter that a “water leak” was caused by a busted coil in the cooling system. The district said it happened inside a “closet” next to a science lab.
“The pictures show it’s in the classroom,” said David Johnson, a student.
Johnson and other students feel it does not matter where the issues happen, it is unacceptable.
“What if you were learning and then, boom! It’d catch you off guard,” said Johnson.
The students posted the pictures to a Twitter handle dedicated to issues at South Oak Cliff High School.
“They have to see the negatives too because they just think we’re just going to sit quiet and not say anything,” said Washington.
The students have long wanted a new classroom.
“They should not have to be thinking about, ‘will the ceiling tile fall?’” said Lew Blackburn, a Dallas School Board Trustee.
Blackburn said he is all for approving a new school. But there are some hurdles the district much clear.
“Just having board members say “okay” and about $70 million,” said Blackburn.
Blackburn said he is only one vote.
He said he is looking at other options to bring the cost down, making a new building more appealing for everyone.
Students at South Oak Cliff High School said as soon as the problems stop, so will their posts.
“We’re going to keep doing it until we get a new school that we deserve,” said Washington.
The school board will discuss a new school next Thursday during an 11:30 a.m. meeting.
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