Highland Park residents remain upset after school books tossed

Highland Park residents remain upset after school books tossed

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HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (WJBK) -

Highland Park residents are desperately trying to save education by digging through trash. It's books and school supplies that they say belong in children's hands, not in a dumpster.

"We know in America a dumpster means trash. That's what he's saying about 10,000 books. Trash," said Linda Wheeler, chairperson of Citizens of Highland Park Public Schools.

There is overflowing outrage over literally throwing away education.

"I'll tell you where you can store the knowledge in those books, in the minds and hearts of our children," said historian Paul Lee.

Some Highland Park residents gathered together Monday night after discovering thousands of school books from the district's high school library tossed in dumpsters in the past two weeks and saving them by digging through trash for hours.

"I'm still in shock. I can't describe what it was like to see that heritage thrown into a dumpster," Lee said.

"A mistake was made by the workmen," Highland Park Schools Emergency Manager Donald Witherspoon told Fox 2 last week.

Although admitting the mistake, residents say that is not good enough, and the Highland Park school board vice president resigned Monday to show his support.

"To see what's happening to our educational system, it being robbed and pillaged, I can't stand by and just allow that and not take some type of stand," said Andre Davis.

As calls to Witherspoon went unanswered on Monday, the City Council president is standing with his community.

"They should've had communication with the current elected board when they began to mess with those things that deal with heritage in the school district instead of throwing those things out either by mistake or intentionally," said Chris Woodard.

Now after getting word that some yearbooks will also be thrown out Tuesday morning, those residents plan to come to the high school and save them. They say this is war.

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