Abandoned school attracting negative activity

Published: Mar. 4, 2011 at 10:39 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 4, 2011 at 10:42 PM CST
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By Ashley Nix

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. (WBRC) - The old McCaw School in Birmingham's South Pratt neighborhood is causing a stir among people who live nearby. The school has been sitting vacant and abandoned for at least ten years and is causing negative activity, according to neighborhood president Richard Harris.

"Everything of value is out of there," Harris said. "Copper, aluminum, everything else in there has been stripped out."

Harris says it's a haven for bad activity like drugs and he says vagrants too often make the school their home. It's activity he doesn't like to see in his community. On top of all that, the former student at McCaw says it's dangerous for local children.

"Right next to the school is a bus stop. They let the kids out going home in the evening and the school bus just leaves the kids there." Harris says several times parents have had to get the kids out of there for fear they might be harmed.

Fred Cargill also attended McCaw years ago and calls what's left of the building "rugged."

"It's sad, there really wasn't anything wrong with the school," Cargill said. "If they're not going to do anything else to it, tear it down, it's dangerous really."

Friday, FOX 6 learned that the Birmingham Board of Education has voted to start the process of getting the school demolished. Within the next few months, after the bidding process is over, work should begin to do away with the school. That's something people in South Pratt say can't come soon enough.

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