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Deaf alumni saddened by school’s fate

October 2, 2007

 Written by Bug

The memories of your childhood at school may be important to you for many reasons. You hope to come and visit your old days someday until you come and find your school is no longer there……It’s gone forever. How do you feel? The Wyoming School for the Deaf building in Casper will be torn down as it is Natrona County School District’s plans to build a new elementary school.  I contacted Josie Wedlock the former student at WSD and let her know about her old school.  She said, ” Oh yeah. I was shock but I am happy that they will have the honor bench on there but still sadden about this thing.”

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  1. ALAN JEFFERS
    October 2, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    IT WOULD BE VERY SADDEN FOR ME DUE NO DEAF SPIRIT IS DIED WITH US WHEN IT GONE FOR WSD AND SAME AS MSSD IN WASHINGTON. DC NO MORE DORM SOON IN 2009 AND 2012 ???? NOT SURE WE WILL FIND OUT MORE IN 2012 RESULT DUE OUR HEART IS BROKEN AND ADD MORE HEART BROKEN FOR WSD SOUND LIKE WE ARE IN BURED DEAF SCHOOL BUT THERE WILL LOTS OF “SPIRIT IN SPOOKY TIME “AS REMEMBER FOR DEAF SCHOOL I WISH ALL DEAF FIGHT FOR KEEP DEAF SCHOOL SOMEHOW BEING STAND BE STRONGEST IF CANNOT MAKE THEN OUR DEAF SCHOOL WILL DIED WITH ME AND EVERYONE WILL BE FORMER DEAF ALUMNI ” SPOOKY HAUNTED GONE AS REMEMBER WHERE WE WENT IS DEAF SCHOOL IS GONE BUT ALWAYS KEEP OUR ASL IS STILL LIFE OUT THERE IN HISTORY LIFE WILL BE BECAME ONE WORLD INVOLVED HEARING WILL LEARN AND BECAME INTERPETER FUTURE WORK WITH DEAF PEOPLE OF HEART BEING DEAF

  2. October 2, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Indeed. ILY

  3. W. David Samuelsen
    October 2, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    er what?

    Oregon is continuing under new Boards, to improve and expand the OSD and OSB.

    Utah is seriously discussing splitting the Deaf School and Blind School into two separate ones, and are moving the ASL students to one place instead of so called “mainstreaming”

    It’s up to the alumni, staff, students, and deaf community to work together or else.

  4. October 3, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    I’m glad you shared this article, as I was the one who wrote it. The local deaf community have a petition going, and we’re trying to come up with ideas of how we can change the school district’s minds about this. Even the K2 TV news station saw my article and did a brief story .

    I just recently learned that the Pineview Elementary building is condemned, and needs to come down. But, the Deaf School building is still in great shape as it was built to last for many, many years. The only problem with the Deaf School building is that the wiring needs to be repaired. It’d be much cheaper to repair the wiring, rather than just tear down the entire building to make room for a new public elementary school.

    There’s custodians who clean the deaf school building, and they all say that building is still in great shape too, and don’t see the point of tearing down a perfectly usable building.

  5. JustJodi
    October 4, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    How sad !!!!!!!! So many state schools for the deaf are closing down..
    I think it is still a slap in the face when the hearing community says,, oh do not worry we will put a bench in the honor of the school, big deal,, I might have misunderstood what Ms Wedlock said in her comment, but I would expect a bit more than a crappy bench…How long was Casper Wyoming a school for the deaf ?? If it was over 100 yrs old, I would demand something more,, but hey thats just me ..
    I remember when they pulled down alot of the old buildings at the Illinois Sch for the Deaf..sadly all we have left of the old buildings are the dormitories and the Mainbuilding( which was remodeled about 10 yrs ago )
    America is very different from Europe, they tend to tear down things and rebuild NEW,,they throw out the OLD,, ,,Europe ( as a few of us know ) embraces the history and preserves it ..its too bad the Deaf Schools can not be preserved……….
    Sorry for babbling but I have jet lag LOL

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  7. CD
    November 23, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Wyoming school for the Deaf has been around for only 50 years. A friend and I did talk of checking to see if it could be reserved as a historical building. And just today a local deaf woman’s letter to the editor about the deaf school was published in the Casper Star Tribune. I’m sad that her’s is the only letter to the editor about the deaf school; no one else from the local community has written a letter.

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