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Wednesday, January 05, 2005
The case of the dumb administrator: The idiot of the day is the principal of Westminster High School in Westminster, Md. Curiously, the principal isn't named in the story.

Apparently it is the policy of the school that when there is a fire everyone is to evacuate the building -- except the two students who are in wheelchairs. They get to wait at the second-floor stairwell for firefighters to rescue them.


Robin, Cassie and Tom all said they think the common sense solution is move their kids' classes to the first floor. They said they were told the second floor is best because it's closer to the lunchroom and therefore more convenient.

"He won't be late for lunch, but he'll burn if there's a fire," Robin said.


That's a reasonable solution, but there's another one.

This is a high school. They've got big, strong football players. Figure it out.

2:59 PM

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You know, some lawyer probably somehow came up with some "reason" why the football players shouldn't be allowed to do it. Liability or somesuch.
 
Or they are motorized wheelchairs. When I was in college, I lived on the second floor of a dorm one year, and there were several guys in wheelchairs. During fire alarms, they had to move to non-motorized chairs, and then we would help carry them down the stairs. The battery on those motorized chairs are HEAVY. (And yes, there was a reason they lived on the second floor and not the first)
 
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