Averill Park, NY — Water from ice accumulation on the high school roof dislodged dust, debris and chunks of ceiling tiles in sections of the building. One student was even hit with a falling camera.
This wasn’t an episode of “Stranger Things,” but rather a mishap with Mother Nature. As a significant amount of snow on the school’s roof melted, it came right in on students.
“The snow melted on our roof, and everything began to leak,” one student said. “It started out small, and we had cans under small drips, but it grew worse as parts of plaster fell.” The student also said leaks were occurring in halls, stairwells, and rooms. Pieces of plaster lay on the ground, along with multiple missing tiles, and puddles of water accumulated in the gym area. Classes were not cancelled.
Although no injuries were reported, multiple student sources said that a female student was hit in the head from a falling camera. “They sent her to the nurse and sent her back to class,” one source wrote in a direct message on Twitter.
Despite the school’s leaking roof, the district’s superintendent took to Twitter to calm nerves, but students say his clean-up percentages weren’t exactly accurate.
“Interesting morning. Ice backup on roof of APHS cause class and hall leaks through school. 95%cleaned up at this point, no need to close.”
— Jim Hoffman (@DrJimHoffman) February 8, 2017
“There is not a reason to close the school,” Averill Park CSD stated in a Twitter message.