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Students at James Clemens wait in the cold rain after fire alarm goes off

Monday is bad enough, but it just gets worse when you are forced to stand outside for 20 minutes in the rain and cold. That is what teachers and students at James Clemens had to endure Monday afternoon thanks to a possible false alarm.

According to James Clemens principal Dr. Brian Clayton, a fire alarm sounded at the school at 2 p.m. In the name of safety, the building was evacuated.

According to safety procedures the building must emptied for a fire alarm.

“As you can imagine due to the weather, it was not a great day to evacuate the building,” Clayton said.   “The Madison Fire Department responded promptly to the alarm and ensured that we were following proper procedure.  The Fire Department deemed that there were no threats to safety.  We were able to enter the building after about 20 minutes in the cold rain.”

Clayton said he appreciated everyone’s understanding with this circumstance, especially under the adverse circumstances.

“As always and even in the cold rain, it is great to be a Jet!!” he added.