P.S. I almost forgot, I would likely consider this to pose an "Imminent Danger
." We certainly cannot predict when a wiring fault may occur and energize everything in the building.
OSHA definition of "imminent danger": "Any conditions or practices in a place of employment which are such that a danger exists that could reasonably be expected to cause death or serious physical harm, either immediately or before the danger can be eliminated through the procedures set forth in 1908.6(f)(1)."
This means death or serious physical harm may occur before an inspector could arrive and require the elimination of the hazard.
I hope the school agreed to pay whatever it costs to fix this mess. You should get a public service award for identifying and repairing the problem.
BTW... Welcome to the forum Cheman6!
Edited to add imminent danger definition.
[This message has been edited by safetygem (edited 12-13-2004).]