Residents concerned about student records left in closed school - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Residents concerned about student records left in closed school

This image taken from viewer video shows papers on the floor of the counselor's office. This image taken from viewer video shows papers on the floor of the counselor's office.
When FOX6 went to the school Friday, we found the gate wide open. Source: WBRC video When FOX6 went to the school Friday, we found the gate wide open. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The former Banks Middle School in Birmingham's Eastlake community may have closed in 2007, but some former students found part of the building wide open.

Recently, some concerned citizens discovered a trove of school documents containing former students' personal information scattered on the floors of the vacant building.

"We very quickly found documents that contained full names, Social Security numbers, attendance records, health certificates. You name it. All kinds of personal information," former student Brad Hobbs said.

Richard Rutledge and Hobbs made the discovery. Rutledge is vying for the district's citiy council seat and wanted to check out the building to see if it could be salvaged. He says it's alarming to know the school isn't properly secured.

Hobbs and Rutledge shared some video of how easy it was to get inside and documents strewn across the floor. They say part of the video is taken inside the guidance counselor's office. One of the former students tells FOX6 News that it takes no time at all to get inside.

When we visited Friday afternoon, the gate was open and some of the fencing was bent, which could allow someone to get onto the grounds.

We contacted Birmingham City Schools to learn who may be responsible for the grounds and the documents inside. A spokesperson released the following statement:

The city of Birmingham has owned the former Banks Middle School building for several years. The Birmingham City School System will coordinate with the city to determine what, if any, student records remain in the building and to take those records to a secure storage location.

Hobbs tells FOX6 News that the chief of security with Birmingham City Schools plans to visit the school Monday to clear out the paperwork.

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