Electrical Short Causes School Evacuation

Meridian Public Schools reported an electrical shortage in a hallway water fountain at West Hills Elementary School caused students and employees to be evacuated briefly Thursday.

Officials say there was no actual fire or flames, but some smoke and fumes filled the hallway.

District officials say the proper procedures were followed by principal Owida Stuart and the staff. They say the evacuation and roll call process took less than three minutes.

"Our students were in no danger today due to the quick and professional response of Ms. Stuart and her team at West Hills, Archie Scarbrough, MPS Operations Director, and local emergency officials," said interim superintendent Dr. Terry Larabee in a news release.


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