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Monday, February 05, 2007

Idaho High School Hit By Fire

Middleton High School, just northwest of where I live here in the Boise area, was gutted by a fire that destroyed 70% of the building on Thursday:

The community has really come together after the fire; luckily (and because of the skill of the firefighters) there were no deaths or serious injuries. Despite the loss of the major portion of the high school, the community was able to look for other resources to ensure the 750 students could continue attending school without having to go to a different district:
Before Middleton High's fire subsided, Bauscher and his staff were working on a plan to keep the estimated 750 high school kids at the school complex instead of sending them to other districts.
Students will be housed in a district fine arts center, additional portable buildings the district intends to buy, parts of the middle school, high school rooms that were not affected by the fire and a nearby The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints multipurpose room. The church's stage will become a temporary theater for the high school's drama class.
Anyone notice a potential "problem" with that last paragraph? Anywhere other than Idaho, you'd probably have the ACLU up in arms about having public school children being sent to a church building for school. Here, though, the Idaho ACLU doesn't really seem to do very much. I fear a bigger threat to this common-sense solution to the district's problem will come from the anti-Mormon right; they've been telling their kids that Mormons aren't Christians, and aren't going to want to be answering questions like "why does that church that you've always said isn't Christian have all those pictures of Jesus up on the wall?" It'll be interesting for me to see how it turns out.


Anonymous John McGimpsey said...

I suspect you're wrong about the ACLU in other areas, though it's true that every organization has zealots. As a long-time Idaho ACLU member, I'd certainly expect that the organization can differentiate between state-sponsored religious indoctrination and utilizing a community resource as temporary accommodation. Maybe it would seem different if it were a sanctuary rather than the multi-purpose room.

I'd hope it would be the same if the nearby building were a B'nai B'rith center, a Kingdom Hall, or a St. Vincent de Paul facility.

2/05/2007 9:02 AM

Blogger Aaron Shafovaloff said...

And well all know that pictures of Jesus on the wall show that any religion is Christian.

2/05/2007 11:55 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

ATTN: BubbleHead

yes, you have the right to make allegations against the ACLU on your weblog

but you do yourself and your readers a great diservice by not supporting your allegations with evidence, facts, etc.

~ theDdoubleSstandard

2/05/2007 2:45 PM

Blogger half said...

annon sez you need to kick it in gear to satisfiy his need. Bubblehead. Get to it!

2/05/2007 3:56 PM

Anonymous Chief_Torpedoman said...

Dbl Std,

You said " do yourself and your readers a great diservice by not supporting your allegations with evidence, facts, etc."

Why does Joel need to provide evidence when he is just that ".. the Idaho ACLU doesn't really seem to do very much." That would seem to me to be evidence of what he has observed personally.

To me he is just praising the efforts of the community to come together using common sense to overcome a disaster. I even read an inference here that the Idaho ACLU does not have a bad reputaton in Idaho either.

The evidence that I would like to see is why Joel should run his blog as you see fit. And, oh yes, I would like to see your blog and see how you address issues of interest.

2/05/2007 4:15 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

You're an asshat. I'd normally just delete your post, but since you're apparently living in Utah, and are probably just upset that you see so many happy and satisfied people around you while your life is such misery, and don't even know how to embed hyperlinks in comments even though your industry is listed as "Internet", I'll leave up your comment to show my readers how pathetic you are.

Normally, I wouldn't bother responding to your drivel, but since Half asks soooo nicely, here's what I got...
I read the Idaho papers fairly closely, and the Idaho ACLU normally doesn't appear in stories where you'd normally expect to see them. I actually don't have a problem with the Idaho ACLU (which has upgraded to a real webpage instead of the AOL homepage they had 21 months ago, when they failed to complain about "Battle Hymn of the Republic" being sung by the school choir at the graduation ceremonies of the biggest high school in the state.)

Seriously, you should start your own blog. As I said, I'll permalink you.

2/05/2007 5:51 PM

Blogger ninme said...

Hey, leave the weird-non-Christian alone!

No but seriously, what's with the portraits of Jesus? No but seriously, that's not what I was going to ask. Did the fire hit the science lab? I always wanted -- if a school was going to burn down, that is -- the fire to hit the science lab. See how well protected they keep their magnesium.

2/05/2007 7:14 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

The fire started in a fan above the weight room in the old part of the school; the fan seized, and I guess the breaker didn't trip, which caused sparks which spread through the attic. There were kids using the weight room when the fire started, but they got out in time.

The fire also jumped across one fire wall when an air conditioning unit from the burning part of the school fell through the roof of the part "protected" by the fire wall. The last fire wall held.

2/05/2007 7:21 PM

Blogger ninme said...

Oh damn.

(I think if it was in the weight room the science labs were far from threatened)

2/06/2007 11:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually go to Middleton High and was there the day the fire started. It did hit the science labs which were located fairly close to the weight room. The main chemistry room exploded and many witnesses were scared the fumes would contaminate the air. But the worst part of the fire was when it hit the library. With so much to fuel it, the flames were huge!

1/26/2009 10:14 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, the "skill" of the fire fighters? I'm sorry, no. I was in the school when the fire broke out in my zero-hour Jazz Band class. THERE WERE NO FIREFIGHTERS FOR ABOUT AN HOUR!!! We totally had plenty of time to go back in and get our things but our stupid teacher wouldn't let us even though the fire was going in the opposite direction of our class room. Fire fighters had nothing to do with our safety and the fact that no one got hurt.

9/28/2009 11:29 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah, and Bubblehead, nobody was in the weight room.
And it wasn't started there anyway, it was started in the boiler room, up above the old gym. Get your facts straight. And if you want to be childish and call me names, just remember, ding-dong, that I was one of about 17 people who were actually THERE when it started.

9/28/2009 11:35 PM


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