AC malfunction sends Madison HS students home early

Students at Madison High School were sent home early Tuesday after the school's air conditioning malfunctioned.

HOUSTON -- Ask any kid at Madison High School how their day was and they’ll give you the same answer.

“It was hot. We just couldn’t breathe inside the rooms. It was pretty hot,” said 11th grader Eric Ruiz.

“It was like an oven. It was burning up. I was ready to go,” said ninth grader Marlon Terry.

The air conditioning was out in most the school.

Students and teachers had to sweat it out while maintenance worked on the problem.

Some students were later moved into the school gym, where A/C was working.

“I was called earlier by my daughter, but they wouldn’t let them out. I called the school and they said, ‘We’re going to have it fixed.’ They never had it fixed and [my daughter is] calling me now at 12 to pick them up, because it’s so hot in there,” said parent Lydia Leos. “I mean, it’s hot out here, imagine what a concrete building feels like.”

Because temperatures kept climbing, school administrators decided to send students home at 1 p.m.

“As parents, we have to do what we have to do. I wish they would have let them come home a whole lot earlier,” said parent Elisheh Readoux.

However, students were just happy to be free.

“They’re finally letting us out. It was hot in there. It was really hot. I would rather be outside than be in there,” said 10th grader Sarah Medina.

Houston ISD sent a statement Tuesday afternoon saying the A/C problem will be fixed at Madison High School in time for classes Wednesday morning.


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