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Parents concerned after electrical shock at Metro elementary school

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Some parents are afraid to send their child to one Metro school because of the condition of the building.

A teacher recently suffered an electrical shock at Tusculum Elementary School.

"I shouldn't be afraid to send my baby to school, because that's supposed to be a safe place," said parent Alisha Irby.

The feeling of safety disappeared for Irby and other parents when a kindergarten teacher was shocked in her classroom last week.

"Seen her in the office, and she was kind of holding her hand and she is pregnant. We was all worried. She was in hysterics. It was pitiful. I felt so bad for her. All she did was plug in her light in her classroom and then it happened," Irby said.

Just a few days later, Irby said, fire trucks were called to the school for another electrical problem.

"It's a challenge to meet the needs of a modern elementary school in a 61-year-old building. Our electricians have been there. They have examined the system. They have determined the system is not faulty. It's just old," said Metro Nashville Public Schools spokesman Joe Bass.

Last year, the district asked for money from the city to replace the school, but the project was not funded.

So, in the meantime, Bass says leaders at Tusculum Elementary are taking what steps they can to keep students safe.

"Parents should know the electrical system is not faulty. It's an older electrical system. They're taking steps so we don't have overloaded circuits like what happened last week," he said.

But for parents like Irby, she is still uneasy about sending her daughter into the aging building.

"You have to worry about guns and stuff, and now you have to worry about the actual school. You shouldn't have to," she said.

There are plans in the works for a new building with a price tag at more than $16 million. The plans call for a new school to be built where there are currently baseball fields. The fields would then be moved to where the old building is located.

Again, that money would be required from the city.

A spokesperson for the school district said a licensed electrician is inspecting every outlet and cord at the school, and the two employees who were shocked are doing OK.

To see the list of projects approved in Metro Schools' capital budget this year, visit: http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wsmv/capital2013.pdf.

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