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UPDATE: School Officials Say Gas Leak At La Salle Helped Their Students And Staff Learn Emergency Procedures

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UNION GAP, WA - The gas leak at La Salle has been fixed and students have resumed classes.

After speaking with school officials we now know why this happened.

President of La Salle, Tim McGree, spoke with us Friday morning and told us construction on the school's new gym is the culprit behind the leak.

Construction crews accidentally nicked a gas line while working Thursday afternoon.

McGree says that while authorities did evacuate students, no one was in real danger, but testing out the emergency evacuation procedures was important for students and faculty.

“We were able to get parent alerts out very very quickly, so they knew what was going on and they knew their kids were safe and in no danger, so it was a good practice run for us,” McGree said.

The school sends out emergency alert texts, emails, and voicemails in situations like these.

McGree told us students were able to resume sixth period classes after the gas main was shut off.

UNION GAP, WA.- There were some tense moments for students at La Salle high school this afternoon, after a gas leak forced authorities to evacuate the campus. 

Authorities blocked off the road down to La Salle high school, but we could see students being loaded onto busses during the evacuation. 

Students were loaded onto city owned busses and evacuated to Ahtanum park. 

Parents were able to pick up their kids at the park, after they signed release forms. 

We spoke with one parent who was waiting for her tenth grader to arrive. 

She told us the school did a good job of keeping parents calm during the process. 

"I was a little concerned, gas leaks are always a little stressful, but they did a good job communicating with us, got the information out, and kept us updated, so my stress level was certainly manageable," Sarah Wixon, one of the La Salle's parents, told KNDO. 

Wixon told us she had an alert sent to her email at work, so she was able to quickly get down to the evacuation zone. 

At this time the source of the gas leak is under investigation. 

Police have not released any more information, but we will keep you updated as this story develops.

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