Video shows potentially dangerous conditions in Hallandale Beach school

Broward County school district says footage shows areas under repair, not in use

By Ian Margol - Reporter

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - A video making its way around social media shows potentially dangerous conditions inside a Broward County elementary school.

"(They're) disturbing pictures, quite frankly," said Elijah Manley, who posted the video on Facebook.

The video, taken by a teacher at Gulfstream Academy in Hallandale Beach and then sent to Manley, shows holes in the ceiling and broken floor tiles as well as what Manley and the teacher claim is mold growing in the portable classrooms.

"For most teachers I've spoken to and students, they seem to be very pissed off about this," Manley said. "The fact that they have to work in those environments with students and the fact that nothing has been done about this at all."

A teacher who spoke to Local 10 News anonymously off camera said he and several of his co-workers have fallen ill from working at the school and blamed mold issues throughout the entire building.

Local 10 contacted the school district and sent it the video. In response, Broward County Public Schools sent the following statement:

"Broward County Public Schools takes all matters concerning the upkeep, maintenance and repair of school facilities seriously, and is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of students and staff. Per the district's Facilities & Construction Management Department, the video does not reflect repair and restoration work that has already been completed -- with many of the images taken prior to the now completed work.

"Furthermore, the video includes images from some areas that are currently unoccupied (not being used by students or staff) due to ongoing repair work. The building has also undergone roof restoration work within the last 60 days.

"Additional interior and exterior restoration and repair work is ongoing and scheduled for completion by the end of the upcoming winter break. Once again, the district is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all students and staff."

Copyright 2017 by WPLG - All rights reserved.