Six injured in chemistry classroom fire at Woodson High School in Fairfax

30 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2 Flown to Burn Center After Classroom Fire at Woodson HS.

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Fire officials say a teacher and five students were hurt, two of them seriously, when a chemical fire broke out in a laboratory classroom at a northern Virginia high school. Bowers says two students were flown to a hospital burn center, where they are in serious condition, and three other students were taken to a hospital.

The two are in “serious condition” but do not have life-threatening injuries, according to Chief Richard Bowers of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. The incident comes after a difficult period at one of Fairfax County’s top-performing high schools: Six Woodson students died from apparent suicides between 2011 and 2014, spurring parents to push for more mental-health resources. For a community that has gone through so much, “it just is really upsetting to think that these kids are having to go through something that’s very scary,” said Megan McLaughlin, a school board member who represents Woodson and whose son is a sophomore there. “The students hearing the screaming and the smoke, their minds went everywhere,” McLaughlin said. For students who have grown up hearing reports of school shootings and other violent incidents, “when something like this happens, they don’t know immediately why they’re having to evacuate the building, and I think it can be traumatizing.” The fire is believed to have started in a classroom around 9:40 a.m.

Fairfax County schools are scheduled to have two hour early release Friday, and a large number of schoolbuses were already on the grounds or arriving by 10:30 a.m. As of 11:30 a.m., the students and staff were all still perched in the football stadium, huddled against occasional brisk winds and temperatures in the low 50s. Francis Ivey, an assistant superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools, said officials have not yet decided whether the school’s scheduled Friday night football game will be played. “Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the injured students and their families.

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