Hove School 20 People Taken To Hospital

20 September 2013, 17:42

Emergency Services have been called to Cardinal Newman School to investigate suspected Chemical Spill. 20 students taken to Hospital.

Emergency services say no one is thought to have been seriously hurt.

Most of the children being treated at the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital and Royal Sussex Hospital with symptoms of itichy eyes and sore throats have now been discharged.

A fire officer is still at the scene while investigations into how it started continue.

A spokesperson for Cardinal Newman School says:

 
"An incident occurred in a school science lab earlier this morning that caused a number of children to report feeling unwell.
 
Ambulances have attended and have seen 32 children. The symptoms are very low level and the ambulance service has not reported any serious concerns.  
 
Twenty-one pupils and the teacher and teaching assistant involved were taken to hospital as a precaution.
 
Text messages have been sent to all parents to inform them of the incident and the way it is being handled.
 
The situation is under control and the rest of the school is carrying on as normal. There is no residual risk in the room.
 
The cause of the incident is being investigated in conjunction with the council's health and safety team. First indications are that it might have been caused by a chemical spillage. "

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