Still No Word When Hood Junior High Will Reopen After Mercury Incident Last Week

Still No Word When Hood Junior High Will Reopen After Mercury Incident Last Week

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA – It has been a week since Hood Junior High was shut down after students brought mercury to the school.

The latest update says there will not be school on the campus for the rest of the week.

Officials say levels of mercury are still too high to let anyone back into the building.

In the two classrooms directly affected, desks, books and materials that easily absorb mercury will have to be thrown out and replaced.

Around two thirds of the tiles in the cafeteria have been taken out and some of the tables have been thrown out.

There is still no word on when the school will reopen.

The cleanup has cost Ector County ISD $100,000 to clean up.