Power in Seminole Heights goes out
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The bell rings. Feet shuffle along the halls as students try to make it from
third to fourth period before the tardy bell rings. Lights begin to flicker and teachers
yell for students to get into a classroom. “We don’t know what’s going on.”
On Thursday, May 23, a car crashed into a
phone pole near the school. “[the crash] caused an outage for about 1,600
customers,” said TECO spokesperson Cherie Jacobs.
Students began fanning themselves with papers and removing their jackets. When the lights went out, the air conditioning followed and students began to ask their teachers to open the windows.
The first outage lasted about 45 to 50 minutes before the power came back on, just in time for B lunch to begin. “Students this is Mr. Brady” came across the intercom and students were relieved to hear that the back-up generators were coming on and that the lights and air would be coming back on shortly.
Later in the day while students were in seventh period awaiting the arrival of the dismissal bell, the power went out again. Students assumed it was still a side effect of the crash that had taken place since there was nothing to be said by administration about the second outage. However, when students returned to school on Friday, May 24, the power was up and running like normal and classrooms were cooled.