Mississippi Delta Elementary School in Crisis: University Steps in to Help Displaced Students and Staff

Merigold, Mississippi – Faculty and staff at Hayes Cooper Elementary School are facing unexpected challenges after an explosion incident that resulted in two teachers being hospitalized. The incident, which occurred last Thursday at 7:25 a.m., forced an emergency evacuation plan to be put into action at the education center in Merigold. As investigations by the State Fire Marshal’s Office are ongoing, the school operations had to be drastically altered.

In response to the disruption, Delta State University stepped in to offer immediate assistance to ensure that students could continue their education in person. Classes for the elementary pupils began at DSU with accommodations set up in the college’s education building. The university welcomed the students warmly, with popular figures from the Delta community greeting them upon arrival at the campus in Cleveland.

Hayes Cooper Elementary School is expected to remain on DSU’s campus for the rest of the semester while authorities continue to investigate the explosion incident. Sources close to the scene have indicated that a gas leak is suspected to be the cause of the explosion, though official confirmation is pending. Superintendent Dr. Lisa Bramuchi mentioned plans are being made for the summer and beyond as the school awaits clearance to occupy its building again.

Regarding the injured teachers, Bramuchi expressed hope for their speedy recovery in the hospital, with expectations for their return home soon. The incident has disrupted the normal school routine, but the collaboration between the school district and Delta State University has provided a temporary solution for the students to continue their education seamlessly. The community support and assistance offered by DSU have been greatly appreciated during this challenging time for Hayes Cooper Elementary School.