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Lake View H.S. Fire Alarm Pulled Four Times in One Day — Again

By Serena Dai | March 18, 2013 6:27am | Updated on March 18, 2013 11:19am
 Lake View High School is at 4015 N. Ashland Ave.
Lake View High School is at 4015 N. Ashland Ave.
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LAKEVIEW — Pranksters at Lake View High School are on a roll.

The fire alarm got pulled four times Wednesday, the Chicago Fire Department said, just a week after another fire alarm-filled day, according to students.

"They think it might be fun, but it's annoying," sophomore Ray Zhao said. "It wastes time."

Each time the alarm goes off, everyone must exit the building, and the school has to call 911. Lake View, 4015 N. Ashland Ave., has a student body of more than 1,500.

Once everyone gathers outside, teachers have to take attendance, and everyone has to wait until the fire department arrives and gives the OK to go back in. 

Usually the whole process takes about two to five minutes, a Chicago Public Schools spokesman said. On Wednesday, the fire department said they found no problems.

"No fires," a fire department spokesman said. "Somebody pulled a box."

The fire department didn't have information on the previous week's false alarms, but students said it was about the same number as Wednesday's. While the pranksters might be laughing somewhere to themselves, their classmates weren't so psyched.

"We already knew it wasn't serious," senior Josh Barraza said. "It was distracting. People were trying to do things. Some people were taking tests."

His friend and fellow senior Jessica Roman agreed. Some people may have thought it was funny, but most people were disgruntled at having to hike outside two days in two weeks, she said.

"It was cold," she said.

Under the CPS Student Code of Conduct, falsely activating the fire alarm is categorized as a "most seriously disruptive behavior." That means an automatic five-day suspension, with the potential for up to 10 days worth of suspension at the principal's discretion.

Lake View Principal Lilith Werner did not return a call for comment. A CPS spokesman would not say if a student had been disciplined.