Moss Point High students will return to class Thursday, location still unknown

Moss Point High students will return to class Thursday, location still unknown
At least three individuals were seen on surveillance footage roaming around the building shortly before the fire. (Photo Source: MPHS)
At least three individuals were seen on surveillance footage roaming around the building shortly before the fire. (Photo Source: MPHS)

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Though Moss Point students long to return to their high school, Monday's early morning fire ruined the office and several classrooms on the first and second floors. School will be out again on Wednesday.

"A lot of damage, burned furniture, copiers, all of those things. It was very disheartening," said Moss Point School Superintendent Dr. Shannon Vincent.

School district leaders say they would like for students and teachers to return to the undamaged areas of the high school on Thursday. But if they can't get clearance from the city inspector and structural engineer, they're ready to activate "Plan-B".

On Tuesday, students, administrators and parents worked to turn the vacant East Park Elementary School into a possible temporary location for Moss Point High classes.

"We're just fixing up the classrooms, cleaning up and trying to get everything organized, hopefully, to come back to school," said Moss Point High Senior Arantza Orta.

The group jumped into action as soon as they heard about plans to clean up the campus in case the building, which has been closed since 2012, was needed to house more than 600 high school students.

"I am a very proud Moss Point Tiger and I want to be back in school, so it was very important for me to be here," said A'Mon Haynes.

Vincent, the new superintendent, was touched by the show of support.

"My heart is full with the number of students who are here, who are here to make sure we can have school," Vincent told the crowd during an impromptu pep rally.

The fire may have disrupted their education, but it won't dampen their Tiger spirit.

"Even though we were already together, I think it has brought us closer together and made us appreciate what we have," said Haynes.

Moss Point police are still looking for three people who were caught on surveillance video right before the fire broke out. The Jackson County NAACP chapter is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can provide details regarding the incident.

The Moss Point School District has released a new phone number to report crimes and other school-related problems anonymously. That number is (228) 285-2037.

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