BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Students at Bladenboro Middle School are having to learn in the cold. The school's heat works in only some parts of the building. Parents and teachers say kids have had to learn in temperatures as low as 50 degrees.
Some teachers say they've even gone as far as to advise the students to bring extra coats and blankets with them to school.
"Usually you come to school thinking you can wear just a long sleeve shirt," says social studies teacher, Steven Thurman. "I have on my coat, and a sweatshirt just trying to bundle up in layers at school. I just want to make sure they're warm enough at school."
Thurman says several other teachers are using space heaters in their classrooms since the problem started about two weeks ago. Room temperatures vary, depending on where their classrooms are located in the building.
Principle Wilbert Stokes says he, along with maintenance staff check the temperatures every morning.
"There is a variant from time to time in the temperatures within the building," says Stokes. "However, I don't see it as being a problem because we get support from our maintenance staff."
Tanya Long, a mother of two students at the school disagrees. She says her kids have complained about the cold temperatures for more than two weeks now. Not only is it difficult to learn, but Long says the environment could become a health issue.
"They have asthma and breathing problems and when you go to school when you're cold, then you end up getting sick," says Long. "They're probably going to have to end up spending Christmas sick."