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Staff ‘terrorized’ by false alarms

David Scharfenberg
Friday October 04, 2002

Berkeley High School administrators equated this week’s rash of false fire alarms with terrorism, in a student bulletin. 

“This is an act of terrorism and we will not stand for it,” the bulletin read.  

Berkeley High co-principal Laura Leventer said the sight of fire trucks for students and staff who endured previous fires at Berkeley High and in the Oakland hills is difficult. 

“I think it is [like terrorism] for anyone who lived through the ‘B’ Building fire and the Oakland Hills Fire,” she said. “They’re traumatized.” 

“I think that’s a little extreme,” said Berkeley High senior Nicholas Ware. “I think it’s a bunch of kids trying to have fun.” 

- David Scharfenberg