MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Air conditioning issues at two schools forced early dismissals Thursday.
Ridgeway Middle dismissed at 12:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Prep High School, formerly Frayser High School, released students at 1 p.m., and classes are cancelled Friday.
“I was feeling kind of lightheaded in school, though,” said 12th grader Victor Woods.
The air conditioning malfunctioned at King around 8 a.m., according to Frayser Community Schools CEO Bobby White.
White said most students had already arrived for class and the temperature inside the school was 72 degrees.
He said the school decided to remain open for a couple of hours to be sure students got meals.
Also, in light of a shooting in Frayser this week, the district wanted the students to have a safe place to be Thursday.
“We consider our school an oasis of hope,” White said.
Some parents said they questioned why the students stayed in school for several hours after the air conditioning failed.
Shelby County Schools said there is a chance that Ridgeway Middle School will dismiss early Friday.
If that happens, the district said it will contact parents Thursday night.
Temperatures will be in the mid 90s with a heat index of more than 100.
White said the high school plans for the air conditioning to be fixed soon and classes to resume on Monday.