KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Former Bingham Junior High students are worried that their personal information is still inside the boarded up building. The Kansas City Mo., school district closed the Waldo school down 15 years ago, but students allege the district left their personal records inside.
The school district is in the process of tearing down the building, which has been empty since around 2001. Since that time neighbors have complained about rats, trash and people squatting in the building. Now former students allege that their records have been left out in the open leaving their futures wide-open for thieves and fraud.
Former students such as Mike Gray want some answers from the school district as to why personal records may have been compromised.
“Everybody is really upset,” Gray said. “It’s incredible. We can’t believe the records we saw that had medical records, family dynamics, copies of birth certificates, social security numbers, grades, prior schools, prior addresses. Unbelievable treasure trove full of personal information. Hundreds if not thousands of files are sitting in that building right there and there’s nobody here to protect them.”
FOX 4 reached out to the school district to ask if those records are actually inside the building, and if they are, the former students want to know why they weren’t shredded after the school closed.
Neighbors fought the district back in 2013 when Wal-Mart wanted to purchase the building for a market. At this point it isn’t clear what if anything will be built in its place, but the community says they would like a park to be built.