Normal operations expected to resume at East Ascension High School after repairs made to broken gas line


Michael Johnson


Ascension Parish Schools provided an update on this morning’s gas leak at East Ascension High School:

This morning, a gas line that runs from the teachers’ lounge to an upstairs restroom broke and caused an odor that alerted us to a problem.

We immediately evacuated the building to ensure the safety of students and staff while emergency officials investigated the cause of the odor. Once it was determined to be isolated to certain buildings on campus, we were able to move everyone inside the Freshman Academy and the new cafetorium.

District staff were able to repair the broken pipe and are working with emergency officials to air out the building to reduce the natural gas odor.

The campus is safe, and once residual odors are removed, we anticipate resuming normal operations at school.

Thank you to everyone for remaining calm during the evacuation, and a special thank you goes out to the Gonzales Fire Department, Gonzales Police Department and all law enforcement officials for their quick action and support.


A suspected gas leak forced the evacuation of East Ascension High School on Thursday morning.

Officials say that everyone is ok and Ascension Parish Public Schools released this statement below:

Ascension Parish Public Schools has this message for parents of East Ascension High School students:

East Ascension High School is located at 612 East Worthey Rd. in Gonzales.

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