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HFISD elementary fire upsets students
JEFFERSON COUNTY - by Lauren Huet
The fire at Hamshire-Fannett Elementary school upset many young students who wondered why they couldn't go to school Tuesday. Former students and current students say the campus is an important part of their lives.
Christopher and Matthew Hill visited the school with their mom Tuesday morning to see the damage. The boys watched as firefighters put out hot spots. Christopher is now a seventh grader at Hamshire-Fannett Middle School. He remembers when he went to the Hamshire-Fannet Elementary School.
"It was lots of fun, I liked all my teachers, everything," said Christopher. "It's sad, this is an old school. I just miss being here."
Now it's his little brother Matthew's school.
"My teacher is Ms. Davis," said Matthew. "She is in second grade."
The second grader wishes he were in the classroom today.
"Because it has lots of fun stuff to do," said Matthew.
Bailee Honeycutt works at My Friends and Me Daycare near the elementary school.
With school closed today, she's caring for a lot of kids.
"We've had several coming in crying, you can tell they've been crying, they just didn't understand," said Honeycutt. "A lot of them told us, 'we were just there yesterday. I have homework to turn in. I have a test today. I need to go to school.' So, it's really hard on them, I think it's more hard on them than it is the parents."
It's also tough on former students. Honeycutt attended Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School.
"There's a lot of great memories. I know a lot of people from here wish it could stay. Lot of grandparents and parents and kids have been there," said Honeycutt.
Hamshire-Fannett ISD Superintendent Pamela Morris says she's grateful no one was hurt.
"I'm thankful that it happened in the middle of the night rather than school time, because like I said, student safety is our number one priority," said Morris. "And if something tragic like this is going to happen, at least it happened without children here."
Here at a school children and adults say means a lot.
"It affects everybody because everybody's once been here and they've been through the experience coming here," said Christopher Hill.
Superintendent Morris released a statement Tuesday. The elementary school will remain closed for the rest of the week, while the district looks for other available facilities. High school and middle school students will return to school tomorrow.