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BPS Supt. Dr. Carver Confirmed: BHS Chemistry Teacher Mr. Peter Dimoulas Resigned After Incident that Set Off School Fire Alarm and Sprinklers, Job is Now Listed

Report by Paula Antolini, September 28, 2019, 6:40PM EDT

We recently reported on an incident that happened at the Bethel High School in our September 17, 2019 story entitled, “Bethel High School Students and Staff Dismissed Early Today After Incident in Chemistry Classroom Sets Off Fire Alarm and Sprinklers, Causing Flooding.

Dr. Christine Carver, Superintendent of Bethel Public Schools, has confirmed that the chemistry/science teacher, Mr. Peter Dimoulas, who was involved in the school incident, has resigned.

The September 17th incident happened at 9:40 a.m. in a Bethel High School chemistry classroom, where, “there was demonstration conducted which set off the sprinkler system on a third floor classroom. The fire alarm was activated and students and staff evacuated the building. They were safe at all times,” Dr. Carver’s letter to parents, guardians and staff read, “We are in the process of investigating the nature of the experiment as a personnel matter.”

Mr. Dimoulas had been employed by Bethel Public Schools for a year and 2 months, since August 2018, according to his online resume. He has an extensive background in science and teaching in Connecticut since 2011 and in other locations since 2003.

A job posting is listed under the Bethel Public Schools heading for an “Anticipated Chemistry Teacher (Short Term Contract for remainder of 19-20 school year)” posted on 9-24-19:

Regarding the damage, Dr. Carver said, “The damage (some wet cabinetry and drywall) was mostly due to the water from the sprinkler system, mostly cleanup.  We have insurance which covers the damage.”

Regarding the clean up and repairs, Dr. Carver said, “At this point everything is fully cleaned and repaired. As a precaution, rooms were monitored to ensure that there was no mold, which is common with water damage.  We are all clear.” 

We will update this story when more information is received regarding cost of repairs.

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