Breaking the Sprinklers, Spring Break eve

A sprinkler line like this was broken in the boys locker room causing the fire alarm to sound. The locker room was flooded with sludge water that had sat, stagnant, in the line for years. Classes resumed after the area was cleaned.

A sprinkler line like this was broken in the boys locker room causing the fire alarm to sound. The locker room was flooded with sludge water that had sat, stagnant, in the line for years. Classes resumed after the area was cleaned.

Elkhorn High students received an unexpected early taste of spring break when a sprinkler line was broken in the boys locker room during 4th hour.  Students were rushed out of the school by fire alarms, forcing many to abandon lunch and classroom activities. “The pipe, filled with 30 years of stagnant water, flooded the locker room,” EHS Principal Dan Radicia said. “The sprinklers went off and covered the boys with black sludge and stinky water,” P.E. teacher Sally Studnicka said. Studnicka said her gym class had just been let out and the students were changing out of their P. E. clothes when the event happened. “Our hero, sophomore, Andrew Boldt, ran upstairs and got help during the event,” Studnicka said.
Students were confused about the need to be evacuated. “When the sprinklers lose so much water, there is not enough left to fully extinguish a fire,” Radicia said.   “The fire trucks had to come as a formality to see that there was not a fire and the school needed to refill the sprinkler lines with water and the janitors needed to clean up,” Radicia said. The person to blame was not revealed, but was disciplined for a substantial distraction to the school day, because it was not reportedly purposeful. “Generally speaking, the person is given a suspension,” Radicia said.  And this all during spring break eve.