not all those who wander are lost

In a mere two years, look at what has happened to the Jane Cooper School. You heard the announcement here first when it was originally abandoned by the City of Detroit – at a time when it was still possible to save the contents of the building, as well as the structure itself.

Here was Jane Cooper at the time it was originally abandoned (with all school supplies, desks and computers still inside) in 2007

And here is Jane Cooper two years later in 2009. All valuable metal is now peeled from the shell of the structure.

Here is one of the main entryways in 2007

In 2009 – even some of the doors are scrapped now.

The exterior facade in 2007

And now in 2009, you can see right through the building.

The local news media EVENTUALLY was all over this story – after it was too late and the building was destroyed and the contents were ruined and looted. But after the heart wrenching stories of fraud and waste and abuse of power within the Detroit Public School system, what has been the result of the local media hype ? Any follow ups to see if DPS secured this structure or removed any precious school books or learning materials that were still viable ?


First of all, the building has about 2000 openings now making securing it a very expensive prospect.

Are you shocked to find out that the school books are all still sitting in there ?

Piles and piles of unused texts – in a public school system where children dont have TOILET PAPER.

Okay – now in a school system that can not even provide basic human sanitation fundamentals, you would think the actual toilet paper would be used more carefully. All the paper stored at Jane Cooper was left on shelves, like these rolls that somebody appears to have been playing with.

Meanwhile in all other parts of the City, school children must bring sanitary paper from home in order to use the toilets at school. They might as well bring them all those discarded text books to wipe their asses on.

The people responsible for this madness will surely spend an eternity in hell’s fire for what they have done , and left undone, here.

The center of the schools design allowed for a cafeteria and gymnasium.

Here is the Amazon listing for the Thorndike-Barnhart Junior Dictionaries piled up in this photo $134.82 USD for these hard cover editions.

And here is the Amazon price for the copies of the Scholastic Visual Dictionary pictured.
That one clocks in at $63.02 USD for the hard cover edition.

And the scrappers were peeling METAL off this building for money ? There is a fortune in unused books right here for the taking.

One remaining sheet of metal for the thieves to peel clean.

Jane Cooper School is far from being alone in this insane circus of waste and destruction. There was a recent photo essay done from various buildings that got some national attention, but all those photos are incorrectly mislabeled “Jane Cooper” when they in fact come from a number of different schools. There are DOZENS of schools like this in Detroit. Buildings that had kids in them just a few moments ago. Buildings with nothing wrong with them, purposefully destroyed. Precious, rare and expensive school supplies left to rot.

Governor Announces Jane Cooper Elementary School as School-to-Work “Innovator to Watch” Award Winner

Governor John Engler today announced at the School-to-Work Conference in Lansing that Jane Cooper Elementary School, located in Detroit, was one of ten Michigan schools to receive this year’s “Innovator to Watch” award. The award is presented annually to schools that have an exemplary School-to-Work program.

“Jane Cooper Elementary School’s outstanding program deserves this recognition for its innovative educational approach and its promotion of lifelong learning with emphasis on developing career skills,” said Governor Engler. “It is a model program for others to follow.”

~ From 1998

And in a few more weeks, will there be 20 more schools just like this one ?

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