Here's the story behind today's excitement.
There was a hissing sound and a smell occurring in the front stairwell.
Now, Mrs. Ashe knows how gas smells, but if you've talked to her today
you know her nose is not working (stuffy congestion). The sound was
very distinct and I decided not to take the
chance that it was gas. If a student or teacher had walked by and
gotten a phone call or text that incited a small electrical spark while
passing through a cloud of gas that would have been it! So we erred on
the side of caution and ordered an evacuation.
The fire department responded and quickly identified a burst pipe that
was emitting Hydrogen sulfide (a sulfur-smelling gas that is used to
line old pipes) along with the water and that was the hissing and smell
that others had identified as "not normal."
Thank you to students and staff who quickly and efficiently exited the
building in an orderly manner - because of that I can safely say that no
one was in any danger. Sorry for the excitement and inconvenience it
caused, but I will always make the decision
to sound the alarm if I feel any student or staff might be in harm's
way. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.