Explosion at Mississippi elementary school that injured two teachers left school without home until university community stepped up

Published 5:35 am Friday, April 19, 2024

One week after a mysterious explosion at a Mississippi elementary school left two teachers hospitalized and the entire school community in chaos and uncertainty, a state university stepped up to be a beacon of hope for the school after its building was deemed uninhabitable.

Officials say the explosion occurred at Hayes Cooper Elementary School in the Mississippi Delta shortly before 7:30 a.m. last Thursday. Two teachers were injured in the blast, which remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

During the crisis, the Cleveland School District sprang into action, orchestrating an emergency evacuation plan that ensured the safety of the students, who were transported to the Merigold Community Storm Shelter and a makeshift waiting area at a local restaurant.

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With investigations underway and the school building deemed uninhabitable, the future of education for Hayes Cooper’s students hung in the balance. However, a beacon of hope emerged in the form of Delta State University, extending a helping hand to ensure that learning would not be disrupted.

Delta State President, Dr. Dan Ennis, reached out to offer the university’s facilities as a temporary home for the displaced elementary students. With open arms and warm hospitality, Delta State welcomed the young learners, easing their transition with the presence of beloved mascots and a supportive community.

As classes commenced on the university campus, the spirit of resilience and camaraderie prevailed. Despite the challenges ahead and the uncertainty looming over their beloved school, the Hayes Cooper family found solace in the solidarity of their community and the unwavering support of Delta State University.