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Students sent home from new charter school on first day of classes

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Students at a new charter school in Clayton County were sent home on the first day of school.

"Five friends that I have … were like,  'I can't reach my dad. I can't reach my mom,'" said Arie Terrell, a student.

The fire marshal said the building used by Utopian Academy, a new charter school, has multiple violations. He said the fire alarm system is not working properly, there are electrical issues and problems with the grease trap in the cafeteria.

The fire marshal said he told the principal, Frederick Birkett, the school should not be opened until the items were fixed and inspections completed.

Birkett said he never received anything in writing stating he could not open the school.

Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon said the city would not have performed inspections due to there being concern over the building lease. A judge ruled on Monday the city should proceed with performing the inspections once the repairs are completed.

If the inspections are completed, the fire marshal said students could return back to school as early as Wednesday.

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