PLYMOUTH -- While some schools had Friday off due to the heat, students at Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth have been dealing with a broken air condition system since school started. They say it was so hot inside the building, dozens of students skipped class and took to the streets instead.
“Right now, it is way too hot in school. It went from 98 to 110 inside classroom,” said Michael Mera, a student there.
Some parents even joined the protest, saying temperatures inside the school can be potentially dangerous.
“I`m sweating outside here, I can`t imagine what`s going on inside!” said Dina Savecky, a parent.
But other parents think these students are only trying to find an excuse to get out of school.
“When I went to school I didn`t even have an AC back then. Granted, it`s hot, but I don`t think it should be a big deal! said Linda Uren.
School officials knew the AC was broken in August when they went to test it before classes started. But because the AC system is old, built in the 1970s, it can take several weeks to build parts for it.
“We are hoping that within the week the air condition system will be up and running,” said Superintendent Irvin Deremer.
The superintendent tells Newswatch 16 he respects the 40 students' right to protest, but say it's considered an unexcused absence.
“There are 1,200 other students that in the building with the faculty members going through the day on a normal basis,” he said.
Students also protested the Wyoming Valley West school district new dress code. School officials told those students to voice their opinion at the next school board meeting.