NJ Students Left Stranded At School Overnight

November 16, 2018 - 12:31 pm

WEST ORANGE, N.J. (WCBS 880) — A wicked snowstorm Thursday night wreaked havoc on the evening commute, and it got so bad in one New Jersey school district that some students were forced to spend the night in their classrooms.

Students in West Orange schools, including Liberty Middle School and West Orange High School, were left stranded when buses and cars couldn’t get near the schools during the storm.

“The road was blocked and there’s nothing moving, I couldn’t come out. Nothing I could do,” said one worried parent.

Staffers at the schools Tweeted out photos and provided parents with updates, adding that students were safe and playing games.

“We slept in the auditorium,” 14-year-old Andreas said Friday. He added that the teachers gave them pizza, snacks and kept them entertained with Disney’s “Frozen.”

Liberty Middle School assistant principal Michelle Martino said 22 staffers stayed overnight with students, according to NJ.com.

“Emails, text messages, stuff like that,” said James Bondurant, who remained in constant contact with his children. “I knew they were gonna be safe.”

Parents arrived throughout the night to pick up students, though some did stay the full night.

All West Orange schools were closed Friday in the aftermath of the storm.