Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield was evacuated Monday afternoon after a sprinkler head was activated (Photo by ABC 8News Photographer Forrest Shelor).
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -
UPDATE: Chesterfield Fire Marshals and Police Department have charged a student for causing the sprinkler head to activate. The student was charged with vandalism, disorderly conduct, and maliciously activating a fire alarm in a public building.
Meadowbrook High School was briefly evacuated Monday afternoon, due to an incident with a sprinkler head that leaked water into the building.
“We have an activated sprinkler head in the school that has put out a fair amount of water into the school,” said Lieutenant Jason Elmore of Chesterfield Fire & EMS.
According to Lieutenant Elmore, three students complaining of nausea from the stagnant water were transported to the hospital as a precaution. Four other students were treated on scene for similar symptoms.
"It was a gaseous smell, it smelled like gas," says student Jacob Tharp. "It wasn't normal."
Shawn Smith, the assistant director of community relations for Chesterfield County Public Schools, wrote in an email, "The fire alarm went off after the sprinkler head was accidentally set off. Several classrooms had minor water damage with one classroom experiencing more damange (the one where the sprinkler head was accidentally set off."
According to the school system students and staff had to wait outside the stadium while police and fire swept the building. Fire officials say there was never a fire or even any smoke, just a lot of water.
All afternoon activities at Meadowbrook High have been canceled, and the school will operate on a normal schedule tomorrow.