Judge Now In Middle Of School Building Battle

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - The battle to save Kirk Middle School in East Cleveland moved to a courtroom on Monday, 19/43 News reported.

At issue for judge Lillian Greene was whether the city followed proper procedures in getting a permit to demolish Kirk, and whether or not Kirk is a historic landmark.

"George Washington didn't sleep there. Abraham Lincoln didn't free the slaves from there. Martin Luther King never made a speech from there. So what designates this building as a historical landmark?" East Cleveland school board member Emma Whatley said.

"That is ludicrous and foolishness," Save Kirk Committee member Nathaniel Martin said. "We don't need the building to be designated as a historical site. We know that it is. It's been there for 71 years."

The judge left in place an order stopping anyone from destroying the building for now.