An underground gas leak occurred today at the intersection of Claremont and Westheimer. Students were dismissed early as a precautionary measure. Since the gas leak was underwater, it did not pose the threat of ignition.
“It was eerily similar to the school evacuation in ‘White Noise,’ the book we read in English this year,” sophomore Amy Dong said.
Administrators ushered students into the plaza at the end of lunch. Students were not concerned as they sat at the picnic tables.
“The only real problem is that it was so hot,” freshman Elysa Tulek said. “I wasn’t really worried at all.”
Some students who were in the quad during lunch did not know the leak had occurred.
“I didn’t even know that the leak had taken place,” freshman Ellie Faraguna said. “I just took my history test like normal.”
Students on campus for AP exams were in the Quad building when Dean of Students Stephen Popp announced an evacuation of Mewbourne and the Stude/Sarofim Center. Quad classes resumed for sixth period, though the school was evacuated during seventh period, at 1:45.
“I was writing the essay on my Spanish AP when the evacuation was announced,” sophomore Natasha Gonzalez said. “I was honestly more worried about the essay than the gas leak.”
Most students simply saw the leak as a chance for an early dismissal.
“It was fun,” freshman Grayson Christ said. “I thought the school handled it well, as there didn’t seem to be much confusion.”