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Gas leak causes Gardiner Elementary to evacuate, cancel rest of school day

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 12:32 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 5:04 p.m.

A gas leak Thursday morning at Gardiner Elementary, 1951 S. Laura, forced the building to be evacuated and then for school to be canceled for the rest of the day.

A gas smell was detected shortly before 11 a.m., so the school’s 550 students evacuated the building, Wichita school district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said.

The students were taken to nearby St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1800 S. Washington, she added.

After it was determined it was going to take a while to repair the leak, school officials made the decision shortly before noon to cancel classes for the rest of the day. Wichita schools begin their winter break Friday and students don’t return until Jan. 3.

Students were fed lunch and given activities to do until their parents could pick them up, Arensman said.

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