Dozens of students locked out of Mt. Vernon H.S.
Dozens of anxious students arrived at Mount Vernon High School Saturday morning to take their PSATs, only to be locked out of the building for hours.
Some of the 60 students who were denied access to the school say no one came out to give them information about the situation.
?I am here for my PSATs, I'm so ready and pumped, but now I can't even go in,? says student Erica Clarke.
Monique Smith, a parent, says she thinks the school was logistically not ready to begin the examination.
?I heard that they didn't have the test papers, that they didn't have the proper list to let the children in,? Smith says. ?They weren't authorized to let the children [in].?
District Superintendent Welton Sawyer released a statement apologizing for the inconvenience and explaining that because the district offered the PSATs free of charge this year, more students decided to take advantage of the exam than the school could handle.
The students were eventually let into the school and allowed to take the test at around 10 a.m. Sawyer says he intends to contact the testing company so that the students are not penalized for the delay.