The Key Middle School situation has become a political football and then some. Yesterday, civic activist Quannel X reportedly urged students to skip school this Thursday, saying that the district had placed them in intolerable, overcrowded conditions by temporarily posting them at Fleming Middle School while alleged air and mold toxicities are checked out at their home school.
This was followed by a letter from the principal saying that any student who decided to play truant would be in a whole bunch of trouble.
Then came several announcements from Terry Abbott, spokesman for the Houston Independent School District, that a rush order for portable buildings had come through that would provide ten more classrooms for the Fleming visitors.
Then just now, Abbott sent this out to the news media:
Quannel X was on television saying today that HISD Police "had the dogs out on these children" at Key Middle School this morning. HISD Police say that is totally inaccurate. Police Chief Charles Wiley said one HISD police canine officer was on the scene working on an overtime basis to help keep an eye on the children this morning. Chief Wiley said the police dog "never got out of the car" during the incident Quannel was referring to.
I'm told Quannel is planning some sort of news conference this afternoon. I wanted you all to know that if he repeats this claim today about the police dogs, HISD police say it is not true.
Don’t know how the kids are doing in all this, but the adults are providing very interesting role model material. – Margaret Downing
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