Fire alarm sends students out into the cold

Fire alarm sends students out into the cold

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A Lincoln fire truck pulls in to the lane on the east side of the building after a fire alarm sounded during 7th period. The alarm sent students and staff out into the freezing temperatures for over 20 minutes.

Usually when fire alarms go off during class, students are glad for the distraction (or the opportunity to get out of a test). Today, however, with temperatures hovering around 18°, Lincoln High students and staff were more than reluctant to leave the warmth of the building. “Do we have to go?” was a common question in classrooms around the building.

Huddling in large groups, hiding behind cars, and just shivering to keep warm, students endured 20 minutes in the freezing temps this afternoon (most without coats or hats) until Lincoln Firefighters cleared the building.

Hannah Dennis (10) was in a group of students who were huddling under a blanket. "A teacher brought it [the blanket] out for a student who was wearing short sleeves, and he came over to our group and threw it over us."

LHS students huddle under a blanket to keep warm in the teachers parking lot during a fire drill Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

Hannah Dennis (10) was in a group of students who were huddling under a blanket. “A teacher brought it [the blanket] out for a student who was wearing short sleeves, and he came over to our group and threw it over us.”

According to an email sent out by principal Mike Wortman, “A pull station was activated when a snow ball hit it.”  The student who threw the snow ball came forward and admitted that he had thrown it, Wortman added.

The Fire Marshall and LHS Administrators are continuing to investigate the situation.

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LHS students huddle to keep warm in the teachers parking lot during a fire drill Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

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LHS students rush to get back into the building when the all-clear is signaled after a fire drill Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.

 

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  • Deborah McGinn
    November 18, 2014, 6:34 am

    Well written first of all, and the pictures illustrate the details perfectly. What an unusual snow ball of a fire drill. Keep up the great work, Advocate staff.

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