School at P-CEP canceled after sprinkler systems were triggered within Salem High School


Ashika Gangur

P-CEP Students gather outside of Canton High School Phase 3 after being evacuated from Salem High School. September 19, 2022.

School for September 19 at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (P-CEP) was canceled early due to flooding at Salem High School after sprinkler systems were activated when smoke was spotted coming out of a third floor bathroom.

“To ensure the health and safety of our students and staff, Salem High School was quickly evacuated and local police and fire department personnel arrived on site to assist,” wrote P-CEP administration through the district announcement system. “No students or staff were harmed, and the evacuation process went smoothly.”

Dismissal is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and will resemble traditional dismissal.

Kids attending school at Salem during their third hour class were evacuated to the Canton High School Phase 3 gym,  where they were told to wait. Eventually, students needing either car keys or medication were allowed back into the building to retrieve their possessions. 

P-CEP administration has confirmed that the fire was started intentionally, and that the individuals have been identified.

Some students at the school expressed joy at the prospect of school being canceled.

“The fire was the perfect storm,” said Nithya Mahesh, Salem Senior. “Now I don’t have to take my stats test.”

Students gather in the Canton High School Phase 3 gymnasium after being evacuated from Salem High School. September 19, 2022. (Ashika Gangur)