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Thursday Jan. 12 McIntosh faced with severe storm and tornado watch

Despite two attempts at early releases, MHS shelters in place
Screenshot of the severe weather alert from Thursday, Jan. 13.

Yesterday, Jan. 12, at 1:58 p.m. McIntosh’s administration sent an email that there would be an early release due to unsafe weather concerns. The email was as follows:

“Good afternoon,
In hopes of getting students safely home before the storms hit our area, we will ring the dismissal bell at 3:35 PM today. In looking at the most current weather radar, it appears that the most dangerous weather will hit our area around 4:15 PM and we want our golf cart riders and young drivers to have plenty of time to get home. Students who ride the bus will wait in the cafeteria until their buses arrive. In addition, all after school activities are canceled through 6:00 PM today.
Thank you,
Principal Maggie Walls”

According to some MHS teachers, at approximately 3:16 p.m. the administration sent another email mentioning that they would move up the early release to 3:20 p.m.

“So a little bit before 3:20 I was teaching geometry. All of a sudden it comes out that we’re going to let students go early [because of a ] big storm coming through, warning number three out of five from weather channels saying that we are under tornado watch,” math teacher Arthur Walton said.

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Students were confused as they started to leave and then they were told to return to classrooms. Senior Reagan Vetter was one of the students who was released at the stated early time but then was told to go back to class.

“The administration stopped everyone coming from foreign language and science. I was one of the first people they stopped; there were about 50 of us that were stopped in the main lobby. We weren’t let out until 4:30,” Vetter said.

“We were held up in class because the district made a call to keep students in place, and it’ s the right call because we are a very safe place for students, [we have a] good structure,” Walton said.

With heavy winds and rain, McIntosh suffered some damage.

“There was a big hole at the end of the hall that was leaking water profusely. We didn’t know how big the hole was. Later I went by and there’s literally a panel missing from our roof,” Walton said.

Custodians worked to contain the water, and this morning maintenance workers arrived to fix the hole.

“Custodians are doing the best job to keep people safe and clean up what mess there was and make sure that the water, as much as possible, has been gathered in appropriate places and not just spilling everywhere over the floor,” Walton said.

Clayton State University sent several emails to Dual Enrollment students throughout the afternoon to share information on class cancellations.

“Due to inclement weather, all classes scheduled to begin at 3pm or later today will be moved online.”

After being released, Trail Editor-in-Chief Rebekah Bushmire was heading to her home on her golf cart, when she saw another student turning around on his golf cart because of a tree blocking the road.

“Brayden Chaffin also got out of his golf cart and we stood blocking the path and directed the golf carts to go straight instead of turning. We stood in the rain for a while stopping people from going down the hill pretty much until the golf cart traffic was done. I did it because I didn’t want anyone going down, braking really hard and the traction of the wheels slipping because that would’ve led to someone crashing,” Bushmire said.

The Trail’s Instragram poll asking followers how they felt about the storm affecting dismissal, 49% were upset, 34% were confused, and the remaining 17% were calm. As of 3:30 Friday afternoon, the poll had 197 views and 61 respondents.

Freshman Juliana Lockwood responded via the Trail’s Instagram, “I think McIntosh could have handled it better [because] Starr’s Mill let everyone out earlier.”

Sophomore LilyKate Love responded via the Trail’s Instragram, “They should’ve just let us go home before it got that bad.”

Later in the day, a message from the district was sent to parents:

“Dear Fayette County Public School Families:

“Thank you for your patience and understanding with dismissal this afternoon. Our top priority is to always do what is best for the safety and wellbeing [sic] of our students.

“Thank you for your support of Fayette County Public Schools.”

 

Rebekah Bushmire

Screenshot of the severe weather alert from Thursday, Jan. 13. (August Moss)
The severe storm blew parts of the roof off of McIntosh High School in upstairs Wilksmore, causing rain water to come through the ceiling. This image was taken Friday morning. (Ryan LeVan)

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Savannah Hayes, News Editor
McIntosh High School senior Savannah Hayes is serving her second year as the McIntosh Trail’s news editor. Hayes has been on the Trail staff since 2021 and has enjoyed every moment of working with the staff. Just this past school year, Hayes won three awards for her writing given to her by the Georgia Scholastic Press Association (GSPA). Hayes won superior writing for In-Depth News, Features and Social Media Storytelling. She can not wait for another marvelous year on the Trail staff. Hayes has received countless accolades throughout both high school and middle school. Hayes has been a part of National Honor Society (NHS) since 2023, Science National Honor Society (SNHS) since 2023, Beta Club since 2021, National English Honor Society (NEHS) since 2021 and National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) since 2022. In middle school, Hayes was in Jr. Beta Club and received the Silver Service Hour Award in eighth grade and the Bronze Service Hour Award in seventh grade. Every semester since her freshman year, Hayes has been on the Gold Honor Roll. Outside of the Trail, Hayes works as a volunteer intern at Zoo Atlanta. She took AP Biology and is currently taking Anatomy and Physiology at McIntosh to help achieve her goal of majoring in Animal Science. Hayes is currently the High Brass Section Leader of the Spirit of McIntosh Marching Band, of which she has been a member since 2020. Hayes has played the trumpet in various concert bands since 2017. As a Dual Enrollment, Student Hayes is currently attending Clayton State and has been a part of the program since 2022.
Luke Soule, Multimedia Editor
Multimedia editor Luke Soule is a senior at McIntosh High School and has returned for his second year on the McIntosh Trail. Soule received an all-georgia and superior award during his first year on the staff as a writer and specializes in writing about film, music and environmental issues. He is also an editor for the Mischief Literary Magazine. Soule enjoys writing poetry and stories and has written multiple screenplays. Music and film are big parts of Soule’s life. He taught himself to play guitar and currently takes music theory and piano lessons. His favorite artists are Death Grips, Gregory Alan Isakov and Hugh Masekela. He also began writing screenplays at the age of 13. His favorite movies are The Master, Swiss Army Man and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He frequently volunteers at the Fayette Humane Society and Clothes Less Traveled.
Ryan LeVan, Staff
Ryan LeVan is a Freshman at McIntosh and this will be his first year in public school. LeVan is new to the world of journalism but is eager to dig deeper into this new passion. LeVan's favorite thing about journalism is photography and capturing a special moment with his camera. Along with McIntosh Student Media, LeVan enjoys performing, art, music and swimming, and is a Boy Scout with Troop 47. He has earned multiple awards in Scouts including the NOVA Award, World Conservation Award, Complete Angle Award and is A Life Scout on his way to Eagle. His goals for the future include going to UGA and getting a Major in Business and Minors in Cooking and Drama.
August Moss, Staff
August Moss is a first year Trail staffer and in her second year on the Legend yearbook staff, this year operating as senior editor. Moss is a Georgia REACH scholar. She served in the McIntosh theater department as stage manager for “Something Funny Happened On the Way to the Regional One Act Competition” and “Mamma Mia.” She served on crew for “She Kills Monsters” and “Footloose.” She acted in “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Very Still and Hard to See.” She was a Thespian Officer for the 2022-2023 school year. She was a volunteer member with the SAYA program for 2020-2021. She has served as a Sources Of Strength member since 2021 and this year she is a leader on the leadership team. Moss has many passions, but her faith trumps them all. You’ll find her singing in her church's worship band, serving in the children's ministry and always carries her bible full of notes with her.
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