Article from The Tyrone Daily Herald Friday 12 Apr 1923 page 4.
r mi toim ST«U(E UNO FIRE HITSFWSWl .& t) I:.' I : er Walkout ot Many Students, . ALL SEQUEL TO A HAZING I Boyg Who Leave Institution Cannot Return and Higher Classes Are Disciplined. Disciplined. Doylestown, Pa., April 13.—The dismissal dismissal of four students, one senior and 'three juniors, from the National Farm |School; for hazing freshmen was followed followed by a walkout of twenty-six other other students, who have left the school and will not be taken back. /The situation was made doubly perplexing perplexing with the destruction by tire iof Pioneer Hall, the largest dormitory on the school campus of 500 acres. 1 ^Fbe origin, of the fire has not yet been explained. Dr. Bernhard Ostro- loenk, 'dean <of the scfhool, said it was 'supposed that a heated chimney caus- ed'the shjnjjle roof on'the large tliree- stbry building to ignite. A report that i the building was set on fire by sympathizers sympathizers bf the four students dismissed ifrom the school was denied, although UM'igid investigation is being made 1 and students are being questioned by •sghool authorities. ^During the fire the four students ;wJio were dismissed assisted 1 in carry- ling, out furnishings from the dormi- (tory and later left for their homes in "various sections of the United States. [The loss is estimated at $65,000. It is I covered by insurance. Fire companies jt'rom Doylestown, Lansdale, .Tenkin- Itown, Abington and Chalfont fought jthe blaze for three hours, but were [handicapped by a lack of water. | 'Several of the students, who left the school an Hour before the fire smarted, were stopped at the Doyles- jtown railroad station by state police, I but were released after Dean Ostro- jlenk said he had no suspicions that i^o'nld be placed on the students at this time. I $M a meeting of the board of'direct- IOPS of the school in Philadelphia on jWednesday night, the hazing which jtpok place last Sunday night in the [•fj-eshinen's dormiitory was reported. |l| was the unanimous opinion of the Itipard' that the students should be dis- !pissed from school. The general dis- inlissal order was issued by Dean Os- I'tfolenfc, after Rev. Dr. Joseph Kraus- JKOpf, of Philadelphia, president of the 'school, had bee n interviewed. '', "I approve of the dismissal," said i|i»". Krauskopf, who i s convalescing jfrpm a serious illness at the school. I "Hazing must stop at Farm School." i •', When the students were notified' of their dismissal they organized and toilsome toilsome time it looked as though every lone of the 125 would "strike." Twenty- Islx sympathizers finally were found land they are absent from the school |flnd;;-ean;not return. Among those dismissed dismissed were Herman Oppenheimer, of "Washington, D. C., president of the .senior class and president of the student student body council. He was a senior land'was charged with being the Instigator Instigator of the hazing escapade last Sunday Sunday night.