Maupin’s Fifth Period Sets Fire Near Sierra
March 16, 2017
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Yesterday, Wednesday March 15 Jeff Maupin and his 5th period Algebra 1 class were involved in starting a small brush fire in dry field across the west road next to the school.
“We were about to launch another rocket, then I saw flames from where the previous rocket landed,” Ethan Mendelsberg said.
Maupin’s first reaction was to see how bad the fire was and see how much had already been burned. He stated shortly after that it was the end of the rocket project.
The owners of the rocket that caused the fire were worried of the trouble that they would be in, and tried to see how they could help. Fortunately the students, Rhys Fernando and Tyler Stafford, were not punished.
“Grace and I went to Mr. Stairs to tell him about the fire in the field, he told us to wait while he was talking to another student even though we had a major problem,” Ashley Large said.
On Tuesday, the day before the launch Maupin stated that one of the security guards was going to be outside. The next day when students from the 5th period class walked outside questioned where the security guard that was supposed to be outside was.
Before going outside students were told not to go into the street if a rocket was launched there, or past. When Maupin crossed the road to try to stomp out some of the flames, some of his students followed him past the road to take some pictures of the fire.
Stage 2 fire restrictions were put into place on Friday March 10th by Sheriff Tony Spurlock, and are still currently in place. In a stage 2 fire restriction there are no fireworks allowed not even professional firework displays. These Estes rockets fall under the category of fireworks. This qualifies as a Class-2 Petty Offense, which is punishable of up to a 1000 dollar fine and 10 dollar surcharge.
Because of this accidental occurrence, this project may not be able to be done by students in the future at Sierra Middle School.