This week the alarms went off a few times, we assumed it was just testing because they went off after a few seconds, and they go off quite a lot so we just have the general rule, if its longer than 10seconds, then we leave.
Anyways, today it went of during registration, and stopped after a few seconds. Then during 5th period I was in the hall for a services march that my brother was in and my family wanted me to go watch. The school had deliberately silenced all alarms on campus so they would not disturb us. But little did we know, some girls at the start of 5th period had lit a book on fire, and threw it under the building (this was a science/maths combined building with like 10 + classes) and this being a science block, it had gas tanks on the side of the building and gas pipes running under the building posing a serious risk. So I found out after this all happened that my mate in that building ran out of the class, and smashed the glass for the alarm. There was no hammer, and it was not easy break glass either or the push and pull things. He cut his hand quite bad. So he pulled the alarm and it did nothing. Another girl did the same to another alarm, cut her hand and the alarm did nothing. Teacher did the same to another alarm, did nothing until someone told the office what happened, but still no alarm.
Most of my mates are prefects (year 13's) and went around the class rooms evacuating everyone but no one believed them and it was very slow.
Normal procedure at our school is for everyone to go to the field but that didn't happen because it was wet or something so everyone was crowding around the building that had a fire under it with the gas lines. No one knew what was going on and it was all very confusing. We even went to a presentation for the services while the fire trucks were putting the fire out. How bad is that?
So me and the prefects of our year will be laying a complaint with the school and ministry of education if possible because this was a hazard to us as students and the teachers. We have fire drills which are went better than this. We all know what to do but no one did it.
So how would we go about doing this? Our student rep. is speaking to the other prefects and will organise a meeting with some teachers and go from there, but we don't think the school will do anything about the girls who set the fire, we're pretty certain they know who did it too. The school has a history of not getting the police involved. Like in my case when I had a knife put to my throat in school, they only suspended the kid for 5 days and didn't proceed with laying charges, we had to do everything ourselves.
Any help would be great.
(P.S. I'm not naming my school here for obvious reasons until this is sorted)