In an email from firstname.lastname@example.org:
“A small fire in the welding lab at Central high School set off the fire alarm. Students were evacuated to McCormick Junior High School. The Cheyenne Fire Department responded and authorized occupancy of the entire building, including the welding lab. There are no injuries and no damage to the facility. Students and staff are back at Central and on a regular schedule. The fire is currently under investigation.“
“The fire is currently under investigation”… I certainly hope that this “investigation” includes the video that has mysteriously disappeared off of Facebook that was posted and shared by students showing the use of what appeared to be an acetylene torch to ignite a small artificial Christmas tree in a room full of students who began coughing, choking, and running outside as the lab filled up with black smoke.
I will certainly be following up with Cheyenne Fire on the findings of the investigation and as to whether or not charges are being filed. I am completely flabbergasted that a teacher with a lab full of students would allow this kind of behavior and allow it to be recorded as well.
What exactly was the purpose of this little “exercise”? What was the lesson here? Were the kids in this lab so simple-minded that they didn’t understand or couldn’t imagine what a torch could or would do to a tree, live or artificial? Or was the instructor so simple-minded that he or she let this happen? Where was the instructor? What about the consideration of the affect the fumes and smoke given off by such an article burning? What about the consideration that the fire could have gotten out of control? Was there any thought to the safety of the students in the immediate area? How about to the safety of the people in the rest of the school?
As a parent and as someone who works in public safety, I’m outraged by this stunt. If you have kids going to Central, you should be too. And if nothing is done about this, every parent with a student in LCSD1 should be outraged that this is allowed to happen without repercussions.
I plan to follow up with the school on this as well, this simply cannot stand.
(And of personal interest, I’d also like to know if this was in the class run by the instructor that allows his students to call him by first name and acts more like their friend than their teacher.)
Is this the “High quality education” we can continue to expect for the rest of the school year? ~S6