Photos and videos on social media of Baltimore students shivering and bundled up in the classroom have sparked concerns about their safety.
Residents say that this issue has always existed and have started a GoFundMe to address it.
Coppin State University student Samierra Jones, whose sister attends a public school in Baltimore, says that the cold temperatures are affecting the health of students and staff.
“She got sick because she was so cold” Jones told NBC News. “Everybody’s talking about this, but nobody’s doing anything” she added.
Jones launched a GoFundMe to purchase 600 space heaters and outerwear.
With the help of two friends, Morgan State University student Valeria Arum and teacher/former Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin, they’ve raised over $65,000 in three days.
— Aaron Maybin (@AaronMMaybin) January 3, 2018
“I’m angry at a lot of people. But one cannot simply blame the mayor and do nothing to help. While we sit back and blame others, OUR kids are freezing NOW. Someone has to fight for them” tweeted Maybin.
They’ve created Winter Drop Off locations in Baltimore so that anyone can donate winter clothes to help the students.