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Parents concerned for safety at daycare in University Village

By Dana Clemens, Reporter, dana.clemens@kmiz.com
Published On: Feb 26 2014 09:32:43 PM CST
COLUMBIA, Mo. -

It's been four days since Lieutenant Bruce Britt's death at University Village, and complaints and concerns about safety continue.

Parenting students whose children attend the Student Parent Center daycare at University Village met Wednesday to voice their concerns to university officials.

The representative for the university wouldn't allow media inside the meeting, but ABC 17 News caught up with parents who attended after.

Several of the parents said their main concern was finding out if the building was safe enough for their children to be in.

Naomi Clark is a graduate at the university and has two kids enrolled in the Student Parent Center.

"It's not safe and more lives could be lost so it's time to think about another solution," Clark said.

Clark said she will be keeping her kids in the daycare to allow her to finish her degree, but other parents were not following suit.

ABC 17 News talked to two parents who said they hadn't let their kids come back since they heard the news about Lt. Britt.

Another mother who went to the meeting, Candace Kuby, said the university tried to address their concerns.

"They said they had a structural engineer come out and look at the building and deem it safe with the paperwork to prove it," Kuby said.

But she told ABC 17 News they weren't able to provide any more answers to worried parents beyond that.

"They said they would take our concerns to higher authorities to look into and get some answers," she said.

The university also hasn't returned ABC 17 News' calls for four days about when the last time the buildings were inspected.

ABC 17 News also sunshine requested the inspection records, but the university didn't respond.

ABC 17 News found out that the daycare was inspected for fire and health safety in January, but it wasn't clear when the last time the buildings were inspected.

The university told parents that the Student Parent Center will remain open for the semester.

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