Denison High School evacuated in fire scare

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

DENISON, Tex. -- Denison High School was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after a fire scare that turned out to be a false alarm.

Firefighters say they received a call from the alarm company, saying the system was activated but could not say where in the school it was coming from.

Crews searched the entire building while the entire student body stood outside in the chilly temperatures until authorities said it was safe to re-enter the building.

"I was in class, I was sleeping, the alarm thing went off and I thought it was my alarm clock but we all had to come outside. It was really cold, and we had to sit out here about 15 or 20 minutes." student Alma Medina said.

Firefighters say they are working with the alarm company to pinpoint where an alarm activation comes from in the future.


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  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jan 25, 2008 at 01:47 PM
    If she (the sleeping student) had to go outside (and she said it was really cold) that would make her "Funky Cold Medina"!
  • by someone Location: Denison on Jan 24, 2008 at 10:25 PM
    I agree. The TAKS tests and the state tests are pushed alot in school- because of THE STATE- not the school. I have two kids in Denison schools and I was a grad of DHS in 96. Let me say, they have done a great job with my kids so far! Don't blame the school or the teachers for sleeping kids! First find out why the kid was tired in the first place!Was she out all night at a party or what? And thanks to people who say it's wrong to spank kids they took most of the paddling out of the schools like when I was growing up! Having to face a paddling from the teacher was usually enough to keep most kids in line and alert! Give the power back to the schools and maybe- just maybe- we can turn our futures around!
  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman on Jan 24, 2008 at 08:44 PM
    Awful, don't blame the teachers for teaching our kids these TAKS test that is not who you need to be mAd at, you want to complain go talk to the STATE about it, if these teachers don't teach our kids to death as you said then it comes back to them and they get gripped at because they did not do their jobs right, you need to get your facts start before you jump on to our Grayson County teachers like that
  • by Leith Location: Denison on Jan 24, 2008 at 08:11 PM
    U know i went to denison in 2003 and slept a lot but you know I kept my grades up got my work done. I also worked a lot for a high school student. Im not saying that im the only one but if we keep our grades up and do a good job they should leave them alone. Give them a break student and teacher.
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Jan 24, 2008 at 02:48 PM
    Nothing has been taken out of context. The student was SLEEPING IN SCHOOL (teachers assistant or not). What are you people/teachers doing there? How can the teachers ask for raises when they can't even keep their students awake? Why would any teacher need help from a SLEEPING STUDENT? Maybe teachers would get more support from the community and the parents if they had a little more backbone and took care of business at school.
  • by Awful... Location: Denison on Jan 24, 2008 at 01:38 PM
    Cathy... Ms. Medina should not be allowed to be a Teachers Assistant if all she is going to do is sleep. Do these students not have any pride in a job well done anymore? I bet there are other qualified students who would be able to stay awake during class. If this is the type of students you a generating, no wonder they can't hold a job when they get out of school. She should be let go...Unless the teacher likes to nap too! Then, I guess they are perfect for each other. Please don’t talk to us about tests. We as parents know you test our kids to death!
  • by taxpayet on Jan 24, 2008 at 12:59 PM
    Cathy, I don't care if the student in question was a teacher's assistant or not, she shouldn't have been sleeping at school. If she's not doing her "job" as a teacher's assistant, then maybe she ought to be in some other class where she'll be kept busy with learning something.
  • by Mr. Location: Executive on Jan 24, 2008 at 12:40 PM
    Man, do we have a Drama Queen or two on this forum, or what? I agree that the statement makes the student look silly and lazy (I thought the exact same thing). But to say that the school system has failed, or that the parents are doing a bad job is even more ridiculous. And to the "No Child Left Behind" comment, You had to blame the kid sleeping in class on Bush didn't ya?!?! Typical moron. You probably sleep in the welfare line. I remember being tired in school. Of course, I was working a job, playing baseball, and part of the One-Act Play. I got to school at 7:30 and got home at midnight. I'm not saying that's what happened here, but you shouldn't jump to conclusions. The moral of the story is this: I slept in school, too....and now I make more money than you.
  • by to Location: Cathy at DHS on Jan 24, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    A teachers assistant huh. Oh, so you are saying it's not the students that are sleeping, it is the ones that are there to teach that are sleeping. I feel much better.
  • by Anonymous Location: denison on Jan 24, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    Come on people, you get out of school what you put into it. The student is totally responsible for their actions and could it be that this student is not telling the truth and shame on KXII for airing the student. Wake up people.
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