Detroit’s students are trying to learn while breathing in black mold and they wearing their coats during the day to stay warm. That isn’t the worst of it though. Nancy Muerhoff, a kindergarten teacher at Carleton Elementary in Detroit, said water from toilets above her classroom has been leaking through the ceiling for over three years. Her classroom is connected to a dilapidated greenhouse that hasn’t been cleaned. As a result, Muerhoff said there’s a distinct odor that gives her frequent headaches. “I have told the building manager,” said Muerhoff. “He says, ‘Oh we have to get a contractor.’

The contractor never comes out.” The windows in the greenhouse are covered in a black substance and she doesn’t know if it is mold or mildew but she knows it smells and it isn’t clean. The people of Flint wanted the world to see the pictures detailing their horrifying conditions.

But now, teachers and parents want the world to see these images from Detroit Public Schools under the direction of Gov. Snyder’s emergency management to get a better, broader idea of how Snyder ignores children for the sake of the bottom line.

Teachers have been protesting to get the word out in a move Emergency Manager Darnell Ealey refers to as ‘misguided’.

When Mayor Mike Duggan toured DPS schools recently in response to the protests, he saw kids with coats on in the classroom as well as a dead mouse lying in a trap right out in the open, and he called what he witnessed throughout his DPS tour “deeply disturbing.”

President of the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan, David Hecker, also saw the parallels, telling Duggan at the end of his DPS tour, “No child in Flint should have to drink lead in water and no child in Detroit should have to learn under such conditions.” As far as Hecker is concerned, “The governor, legislature, and the emergency manager need to take action.”

Mayor Duggan also called out Gov. Snyder over the conditions of DPS schools, if timidly, stating, “Lansing needs to address these issues with urgency. We’re heading toward seven years of state takeover and test scores are low, and there’s a bigger deficit than before. After seven years of running the schools, the state needs to do something.”

The photos of Detroit Public Schools’ classrooms are a stark contrast to photos of the Detroit Emergency Manager’s lavish office.

Teachers, students and parents are calling for both Governor Snyder and EM Ealey to resign and face legal action.

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  • Mary Burrell

    With the situation going on in Flint with the contaminated water and this issue in Detroit it is just a nightmare and it’s the poor black people who suffer.

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    This is so disgraceful. I am glad that the teachers went to social media. Show the world what’s going down in freedom-loving ‘Murica.

    I think it’s time that black parents start home-schooling their kids (for those that are able to). The public school system in black neighborhoods are in disarray and many city officials (black and white) just don’t care.

    Between this, the emergency going on in Flint and what’s going down with the Chicago school system, a revolt in this country is gonna pop off real soon. There is truly no more accountability in America anymore.

    • noirluv45

      I agree with your comments, but this one stands out: “There is truly no more accountability in America anymore.” Can I get an “Amen” about that! Across the board there is zero accountability. S/N: Hospitals that are supposed to heal have become killing fields. A local hospital killed my brother-in-law, and 4 years ago, another local hospital killed my mother. Those responsibility continue to practice. The deplorable conditions in Detroit schools are beyond terrible!

    • [email protected]

      Accountability is truly lacking in America indeed.

    • noirluv45

      For sure, Truth. Makes me very upset.

    • [email protected]

      Detroit is mostly black and it does make us furious that the powers that be will treat children like this. The events in Detroit and Flint should open the eyes of anyone.

    • noirluv45

      Let’s hope their eyes remain open, brother.

    • [email protected]

      Indeed Sister. There is a certainly a problem where innocent people are suffering injustices and we will speak up about these vitally important issues.

    • noirluv45

      We’ve always been trailblazers regardless of how much people want to kill our spirit and drive. They should know by now that they cannot and will not keep us down nor shut us up.

    • [email protected]

      Preach Sister. They can never stop us or prevent us from shining. It really makes them angry that we, as black people, are so strong, so determined, and so filled with spiritual strength. We are a great people.

    • noirluv45

      Oh, doesn’t it though! We are a great people, and like cream, we rise, brother.

    • [email protected]

      Amen Sister. They are certainly jealous of our swagger, they envy our creativity, and they can’t stand our great intellects. A’int nothing will turn us around.

    • noirluv45

      Amen!

    • [email protected]

      Exactly.

  • Dr.Rue

    Same things are happening around other cities with predominantly Black populations.

  • If the PARENTS truly cared as much as they claim they do the school wouldn’t have got this bad.
    But we know how that goes.

    • uhoh-ohno

      My mother has also blamed the parents. In fact, she blames them the most, but I don’t know how comfortable I am with that notion. This is a clear example of under-funding, and we don’t know what efforts the parents have made to effect change. These kids that attend these schools do so because they don’t have any other option.

    • Trust me, if PARENTS would do their job they would get that funding.
      But seeing that they don’t care why should someone else care more about your kids than you do?
      I bet this is not in one of those predominately white schools, right???!!!
      This is an inner city school, right???!!!
      Exactly.
      We always want to caste blame but what are WE doing to help our own???!!!
      And when I say “we” I mean black people.

    • uhoh-ohno

      I just don’t know. I’ve never been in this position, and those parents in the good suburban district have probably never been in that position either. They have an infrastructure in place that’s likely paid for by their property taxes. The parents in those districts are likely more affluent, better educated, and know how to lobby and fund-raise when necessary. I’m just not comfortable with saying that the parents in the poor district don’t care.

    • If they cared things would get done.
      We can’t blame everything on those who have the control.
      Money talks and we know what walks.
      When you about business you will do whatever it takes to get things done.
      Look how they marched and sat in outside Rahm Emanuel’s house?
      Can you imagine what would happen in our country is MY PEOPLE would march and sit in for things that mattered INSTEAD of things that they have full control?

  • lis

    Coming to a city near you soon, if not there already…….but what would I do if I had a kid and they were in a school like that….1.get the heck outta that city. 2.if I couldn’t do that grab some buckets and mops and get to cleaning and repairing, while still lighting a fire under those politicians a****s…….it always amazed me when I saw anything about school policy or reform there were never any Blacks around, all Whites, even though Black kids were the majority in those schools….Black people aren’t serious…All talk.

    • [email protected]

      Amen you are right, at some point if ain’t nobody else is doing something that’s needed you got to get up off your @$$ and do it yourselves, if the city is hurting this bad and your children have no other school to attend it’s nothing preventing the black men in that community from asking the school official for permission to get some buckets and cleaning supplies and go into that school at night for a couple of hours and clean the school so THEIR children will have a clean learning environment, and do it until the city gets back on it feet and can hire proper staff.

    • lis

      Thank you.