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Sad, confusing day at Waddell


Many students heard about their schools fate yesterday as they came to school. WFAE's Lisa Miller talked to Waddell students coping with the news. There were a lot of tears in the morning as word got out this will be Waddell's last year. Junior Dashawnda Walker heard about it on the news. But it really hit her when she got to school. "I really noticed it's really closing and it's going away and I won't be able to walk across the stage next year as a Raider," she said. Walker cringes when she thinks of the new students who will be taking her place. "It was made for Mr. Waddell, not for Smith Academy middle-schoolers to come here." Walker and her friend Takasha Smith say Waddell's reputation has taken a beating. "They're (CMS) looking from the outsidebecause honestly everything they say about Waddell that we're poor and everything. It's not truelook around yourself and we're not bad." About 30 students gathered around piano during Wednesday's lunch time. They attracted a crowd. "Waddell will forever live in me," they sang. But many students aren't just sad at losing their school. They're resistant to attend Harding after hearing students and parents from that school say negative things about Waddell. Many said that moving Harding's I-B program to Waddell was a recipe for failure because of what they considered an inferior student body with lower academic achievement. "For them to get in the news and degrade usand then they want to send us to Harding? They know students feel that way about us. Why would they put us in a situation like that?" said Courtney Stancil. Stancil will graduate this year, but she's still working to save her alma mater. Members of Waddell's PTSA spent Wednesday at the school plotting a strategy.