The Saddest School: West Liberty High
|The flowers of gold have grown from the tears shed here.|
|West Liberty, NC High School|
|Barbed wire where laughter once echoed.|
Many times throughout the years, the school had been at the forefront of politics once again. An attempt to revamp the decaying structure into a community center, or government office, was thwarted by the fact the property is now in the hands of private ownership, a Californian who doesn't even live here. The question many citizens keep asking is, since it's in such disrepair, a shelter to local vagabonds and the homeless, dangerous to neighborhood children, while horses graze outside; can we not, condemn and seize the property if the owner fails to fix it up? I've been asked, shouldn't this property, the high-school, be held to the same responsibilities of property ownership we expect from anyone in our community? To keep it clean, beautiful, and beacon for our community? What might be a very historical footnote, in dark time in America could be an asset to the community today. An opportunity to bring something good out of something that may have been a reminder of sorrow for so many. I can think of now greater honor than our city council, passing legislation that takes back the school if repairs are not made. A chance to do good in the world and return it to the people. A legacy.
|Horses graze in the grass.|