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An East Hartford mom is furious that the elevator at her daughter's school hasn't been working in one month. (WFSB) An East Hartford mom is furious that the elevator at her daughter's school hasn't been working in one month. (WFSB)
EAST HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A mother, whose daughter is in a wheelchair, said she can’t believe the elevator at her child’s East Hartford school hasn’t been working.

Tina Williams said her daughter Shaneece Jack has been a quadriplegic since she was 1-and-a-half years old.

"She means the world to me. I'm her voice. I'm her advocate,” Williams said.

That’s why she is speaking out about the conditions at East Hartford Middle School where Shaneece is an eighth grade student.

Her classes take place in the basement of the building, but for more than one month, the elevator to get there hasn’t been working.

So, in all kinds of weather, Shaneece is forced to go outside of the building to get to class.

Not only does it affect her weak immune system, but she said it causes her to miss out on time in the classroom as well.

"To know she's missing more education, like what is the problem? People are not caring and they should,” Williams said.

In a statement, East Hartford Superintendent of Schools Nathan Quesnel said “East Hartford Public Schools takes the well-being and care of students extremely seriously. The elevator issue has been a focus over the past month as our team has diligently worked with a private contractor to solve an intermittent issue. While we have conducted multiple repairs, we have been unable to completely restore the unit to date—this effort continues. In addition, accommodations have been made at the building level to ease the disruption and provide the support the student needs. We will continue to work hard to resolve the issue and regret any inconvenience this has caused to the student and family.”

As a last resort, Shaneece actually wrote her own letter to the superintendent looking for answers.

The school district said it is now looking at moving the entire classroom until the elevator is fixed.

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