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Sprinkler incident prompts Meadowbrook High School evacuation

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Meadowbrook High School was evacuated Monday afternoon after a sprinkler in a classroom activated, spraying water inside the school, according to Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore.

A student who emailed video of the incident said it happened in a 10th grade English class. The student said there was no fire in the classroom.

Three students were taken to the hopsital with nausea. Old water can create a foul smell when it comes out of the sprinkler, according to Elmore. Four other students treated on scene for nausea.

The water, Elmore said, caused “a good amount of damage” in two classrooms. What caused the sprinkler to activate remains under investigation, he said.

Meadowbrook High School is located on Cogbill Road. Students were evacuated to the football field about 1 p.m. and were allowed back inside the school before dismissal.

Last May, a student flew a toy helicopter into a sprinkler inside a Cosby High School classroom, causing the sprinkler to soak students and their belongings.

3 comments

  • gomez

    My grandson was there when this incident occurred. A teacher ran out of an upstairs classroom, and locked several students inside the classroom. The students broke a window, and they jumped out of it. That teacher should be punished for what was done. If there had been a fire those students could have been burned to death. It is a miracle that they were not badly hurt from the jump out of that window. My grandson was in the classroom next door to the locked one, so he saw first-hand what was going on.

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