Students Say Miami Sunset Senior High Conditions are “Deplorable”

Students and former students at Miami Sunset Senior High School have taken to social media to try to bring attention to what some have called “deplorable” conditions at the school.

Pictures of mold in fruit punch, video and pictures of water that students say ranges in color from gray to yellow, and other health hazards have popped up on social media in recent weeks. Former student Angie Garcia said she saw a number of unsanitary things at the school when she started in 2006.

“It was just deplorable,” Garcia said. “It was really dirty, the food was bad.”

Another area students said was a health hazard was the bathrooms at the school. Photos of mold creeping up the walls and a cockroach on the floor are floating around online. All of the problems the students cite are why Angie said she finished school at another school.

“When I’m in school I expect to be taken care of,” Angie said. “I expect to be protected by the staff and by the faculty and they did none of that. I’m not sure what their interests are, but it’s certainly not us.”

A Miami Dade County Schools region superintendent says an inspection in early January found the school was not properly clean. Since then, the department said they've taken action.

"It's not acceptable. It's not,” said Miami-Dade Schools regional superintendent Barbara Mendizabal. “And we have been very proactive from the moment we received the first concern we have been very active in deploying teams of people and personnel to help us in cleaning the building and bringing it up to the standards that the school deserves."

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