Offbeat

By Josh Saunders


Eerie photographs capture the closed-down classrooms of a school left untouched with microscopes, trophies and EVEN DANGEROUS CHEMICALS

PICS BY LELAND KENT / CATERS NEWS: In the abandoned biology lab of the school, the chemicals were never taken out – potentially dangerous chemicals were left in from Sulfuric acid to more.

School’s certainly out forever at this lost location in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, despite classrooms appearing that they are still in use with supplies littering the surfaces.

Large layers of dust line the auditorium, stools are stacked on desks and sporting trophies remain pristinely secured in a glass cabinet.

In the biology lab, large jars bear decaying labels for chemicals from ammonium nitrate to sulphuric acid lining the shelves and crumbling counters.

PICS BY LELAND KENT / CATERS NEWS: The school trophy cabinet remains perfect the glass cabinet holding each of the sporting accolades from the schools history – the school has been around for nearly 100 years before closing ten years ago

PICS BY LELAND KENT / CATERS NEWS: Schools definitely out for summer and forever, the school used to educated up to 2,000 students before closing 10 years ago – auditorium.

The building built in 1908 enrolled up to 2,000 pupils at its peak, educating local children for many decades prior to its closure ten-years-ago.

Leland Kent, 33, from Amelia Island in Florida, USA, visited the site that’s now partially used as a storage and garage space for neighbouring school vehicles.

Leland, a professional photographer, said: “I was amazed at how much was left inside the school.

“The library shelves were full of books and classrooms were full of desks.

PICS BY LELAND KENT / CATERS NEWS: One of the other labs with the microscopes on the tables it looks like the classes have just been left a day not 10 years.

PICS BY LELAND KENT / CATERS NEWS: Unusual taxidermy glass cabinet still pristine and untouched like it was abandoned a day not ten years.

“The chemicals were something you would find in your Chemistry lab in most schools.

“Several of the chemicals could pose a risk if mishandled including the large glass jug of sulfuric acid or the multiple bottles of ammonium nitrate.

“The chemicals were supposedly removed after the school closed 10 years ago.

“Obviously that never happened and the chemicals were left in an unlocked chemical closet in the laboratory.

PICS BY LELAND KENT / CATERS NEWS: In the abandoned biology lab of the school, the chemicals were never taken out – potentially dangerous chemicals were left in from Sulfuric acid to more.

PICS BY LELAND KENT / CATERS NEWS: Schools definitely out for summer and forever, the school used to educated up to 2,000 students before closing 10 years ago – auditorium.

“Besides the labs, the auditorium was my favorite part of the school simply because of the old orange curtains hanging over the stage and windows.”

Since Leland’s images have emerged, chemicals have been removed from the site.

You can see more of his work at: abandonedsoutheast

PICS BY LELAND KENT / CATERS NEWS: Sports hall with stacked chairs.