Two Airlifted, Four More Hurt After Chemistry Class Fire at W.T. Woodson High …

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5 Students Seriously Injured in Fire in Virginia Chemistry Classroom.

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A high school chemistry teacher who was using chemicals to demonstrate different colors of flames started a fire that injured the teacher and five students, two of them seriously, at a northern Virginia high school Friday, fire officials said. Five students and a science teacher were injured early Friday after a blaze broke out inside a Virginia high school’s chemistry lab, fire and school officials said. Two of the injured students were flown to hospital burn centers, where they were being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries, Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers said.

Woodson High School when the teacher, attempting to show students how fire can change colors, threw alcohol on a mysterious liquid, igniting an explosion that blasted students in the face, several people in the class said. “It smelled like burning hair,” Welther said. “She turned the corner and there was smoke following her. John Adams, the second President of the United States, would be celebrating his 280th birthday if he were still alive — but his impact can still be observed in recent history. The lawyer and diplomat — who was also the country’s first vice president — was one of our most important founding fathers and helped establish many of the laws that built this nation. Her husband frequently sought her advice and her correspondence with him has served as one of the most important primary sources of the American Revolution.

In a letter, Adams wrote that he was “a mortal and irreconcilable enemy to monarchy,” but in the same letter he writes “these elections I hope will continue until the people shall be convinced, that fortune providence or chance, call it which you will, is better than election.” With the Residence Act of 1790, the government established a temporary capital in Philadelphia while the new federal city of Washington D.C. was constructed. For most of his one term, Adams lived in Philadelphia, but starting on Nov. 1, 1800, while it was still being constructed, he became the first President to live in the White House. A group of students in an adjacent class said after they noticed smoke and screams coming from the classroom, they saw the chemistry teacher running down the hall with small fires on her shirt. Bowers said at a news conference Friday afternoon that the class was watching a demonstration showing the changing colors of fire when the students were burned. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims and their families and all of us in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) sincerely wish for a speedy recovery for each of the six people who were injured.

The two men died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826, 50 years after the original signing of the Declaration of Independence. “About one, afternoon, he said, ‘Thomas Jefferson survives,’ but the last word was indistinctly and imperfectly uttered. I know this incident has affected the Woodson community and, as a district, we will provide as much support and assistance of students, staff members, and families as is needed. 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. Congress authorized the Adams Memorial Foundation to raise funds and construct a memorial to the entire Adams family in 2001, but nothing has been planned or finalized. “The fact that there is no memorial in our nation’s capital dedicated to this remarkable leader and steadfast public servant is a glaring oversight that must be corrected,” Lynch said in 2014.

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. In 2014, two students at an elite public school in Manhattan were burned when a teacher used methanol to ignite different kinds of metal salts to create colored flames.

Scott Poole, Woodson’s principal, sent a message to parents Friday afternoon saying that the school planned to have Friday night’s football game go on as scheduled.

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