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Posted at 8:53 AM ET, 07/14/2010

Tab for soccer ball mishap: $150,000

By Mike McPhate
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The main first-floor hallway at Washington-Lee. (Gerald Martineau/Post)

An Arlington County school is on the hook for $150,000 in repairs after two kids kicking a soccer ball set off a fire sprinkler that ruined the floor of a gymnasium, according to a Washington Examiner report.

The students were in a hallway at Washington-Lee High School when their horsing around suddenly got serious about eight weeks ago, the Examiner reported. Their soccer ball hit a spout that gushed water into the hallway, eventually creeping beneath the floor of the nearby gym.

About half of the facility's floor needed to be replaced, a school official told the paper.

If the kids weren’t in enough trouble with their parents, the school’s insurance company has blamed the incident on “negligence” on the part of the students, the Examiner reported. It's seeking compensation from one of their families.

Washington-Lee High School moved into a new building in 2008. The gym repairs are expected to be finished sometime next month.

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | July 14, 2010; 8:53 AM ET
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Comments

This is ridiculous. I think proximate cause would fail here. No one would even link the kicking of a soccer ball to lead to a series of events that would lead to $150,000 damage. I think these auto sprinklers are a perfect example of a bad idea. I have only heard of sprinklers going off and causing more damage than they are supposed to prevent. I think there needs to be another sensor that detects and actual fire...or SOMETHING.

Posted by: chaddsford1971 | July 14, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. I think proximate cause would fail here. No one would ever link the kicking of a soccer ball to lead to a series of events that would lead to $150,000 damage. I think these auto sprinklers are a perfect example of a bad idea. I have only heard of sprinklers going off and causing more damage than they are supposed to prevent. I think there needs to be another sensor that detects and actual fire...or SOMETHING.

Posted by: chaddsford1971 | July 14, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Unforeseeable on the part of the teens or a reasonable person. The school system needs to sue the insurance company and leave the parents be.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | July 14, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Note, the sprinkler systems are at least 15-20 feet off the floor attached to the ceiling I might add. so why in the hell in first place are they kicking the dam ball that hard to hit such. They should pay! Maybe next time they think about horsing around by kicking a soccer ball, they would use the GYM OR GO OUTSIDE !!

Posted by: curtis1112 | July 14, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Make the kids pay. Or put a $10-20 fee for each enrolled student in ACPS next school year. Taxpayers are sick of paying these bills.

Posted by: yell53 | July 14, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

i think its time for a bake sale!

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 14, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"Note, the sprinkler systems are at least 15-20 feet off the floor attached to the ceiling I might add. so why in the hell in first place are they kicking the dam ball that hard to hit such."
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You don't have to kick a ball that hard to get it that high, but those kids should be punished - but reasonably punished.

BTW, good luck trying to prove negligence and good luck to the company trying to sell anymore of these systems.

Posted by: HughJassPhD | July 14, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Coincidentally, 150 K should just about cover a year of room and board at a good liberal arts college favored by elitist Arlingtonians :)

Posted by: thebone | July 14, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Let them pay; teach a valuable lesson instead of letting them skate thru life never taking responsibility for anything.

Posted by: kahlua87 | July 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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