Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Kids in the hall: A $150,000 soccer-ball mishap
July 15th, 2010 8:57PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  high school boys

MOST COMMENTED

[OFF THE POST] Two students playing soccer in the hallway of a Virginia high school are being blamed for causing $150,000 worth of damage.

Arlington Public Schools facilities manager Steve Larson told the Washington Examiner that the ball hit a fire-safety sprinkler. The water poured into the hallway and beneath the floor of the nearby gymnasium.

"The gym was damaged badly because the sprinkler went off and the process of shutting the sprinkler down involved the fire department," Larson said.

The school's insurance company claims there was "negligence" on the part of the students and wants payment from at least one of the families of the two students involved.

An Arlington County Fire Department official said the sprinklers could been have turned off before the fire department arrived.



0 comments
  1. George Gorecki
    commented on: July 16, 2010 at 7:54 a.m.
    I've seen this situation before. If the sprinkler heads did not have protective caps on them, then it was the school that was negligent. The caps likely would have prevented this accident.

  1. Gil Ramirez
    commented on: July 16, 2010 at 9:10 a.m.
    I've seen this picture before, blame the kids for things that go wrong in the world of adults. Whoever did approve not installing caps or decided not to shut off the sprinklers until the fire department came is negligent as well.

  1. Bill Richter
    commented on: July 16, 2010 at 11:15 a.m.
    It's a high school, stuff happens. If it was a college, I could see the point, but it's not. The school bears some responsibility for both the lack of protection and the failure to turn off the system before the fire department arrived.

  1. Kenneth Tyburski
    commented on: July 16, 2010 at 3:27 p.m.
    I don't disagree with some amount of negligence on the part of the school, if there are protective caps that could be installed to provide extra protection. Also, if the sprinklers could have been turned off earlier, fine. However, aren't most sprinkler heads on the *ceilings* of facilities? What were these kids doing, shooting upper 90 at the trophy cases? Working on their headers? And if they were, WHY? In a hallway? Yes, stuff happens because kids are kids, but SHOULD it? Should protective caps be necessary if kids shouldn't be playing soccer IN A HALLWAY to begin with? GO OUTSIDE. Playing soccer in a hallway of a high school isn't proper behavior. I don't think the lack of maturity or the ability to make smart decisions on the part of high school kids can be ignored in situations like this.

  1. Bob Ashpole
    commented on: July 17, 2010 at 11:17 a.m.
    Students playing with a soccer ball or any other kind of ball inside the school is not negligence unless there was a school rule prohibiting it, which I doubt. It is very common to see kids juggling balls and bouncing balls off walls everywhere. Hallways are not a dangerous place compared to other areas of the school. Fire sprinklers are in every room of the school including gyms.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Dallas' Diaz slips it under the wall     
Mauro Diaz (Dallas), Ethan Finlay (Columbus), Kaka (Orlando City), Sebastian Lletget (Los Angeles) and Tyrone Mears ...
Bobby Wood to remain in German second division    
U.S. striker Bobby Wood has signed with Union Berlin, which finished seventh in the German second ...
TV Report: USA-Japan shatters U.S. soccer viewing record    
The USA's 5-2 victory over Japan in the 2015 Women's World Cup final averaged 25.4 million ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"Carli's performance was as good as any performance in a World Cup final by any man ...
Awards: Lloyd named top player, Solo top keeper    
Carli Lloyd, whose stunning hat trick led the USA to the Women's World Cup title with ...
Turning Points | It takes an entire team of stars    
In the end, Carli Lloyd was the star, scoring six of the USA's last nine goals ...
What They're Saying: Carli Lloyd    
"I just completely zoned out and dreamed of playing in a World Cup final and visualized ...
USA-Japan takeaways: 15ers peak at right time    
The adage of growing stronger as a tournament unfolds was borne out Sunday when the USA ...
NASL Weekend: Ottawa extends record shutout streak    
The Ottawa Fury opened the NASL fall season with a 2-0 win over Jacksonville Armada FC ...
USL Weekend: Switchbacks make it six in a row    
Miguel Gonzalez scored two second-half goals to lead the Colorado Springs Switchbacks to a 2-0 win ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives