Hove school pupils rushed to hospital with breathing difficulties after chemical exposure (From The Argus)
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Hove school pupils rushed to hospital with breathing difficulties after chemical exposure
10:54am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
Dozens of children have been taken ill after a suspected chemical spill in a school science lab this morning.
Emergency services were called to Hove’s Cardinal Newman School shortly before 10am with students complaining of “stinging eyes and sore throats”.
Paramedics have already taken one pupil to hospital and are said to be treating 31 others.
An ambulance spokesman said six others were suffering breathing problems.
Fire fighters have cordoned off the area and are in the process of “ventilating” the school.
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Part of the school has been evacuated with other classes told to stay inside until further notice.
An ambulance spokesman added: “Nobody is thought to be seriously injured but we have a number of children complaining of itchy eyes and sore throats.
“Around six others have also reported breathing difficulties.
“One pupil has already been taken to hospital and we are in the process of taking others now.”
The students affected are thought to be 11 and 12 year-olds.
A spokesman for the school confirmed the incdent occurred in a science lab.
He added: "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.
"Ambulances have attended and have seen 32 children. The symptoms are very low level and the ambulance service has not reported any serious concerns.
"Text messages have been sent to all parents to inform them of the incident and the way it is being handled."
A school statement on their website reads: "There has been a minor incident at the school this morning.
"The emergency services are supporting the school in managing the situation. We would like to confirm that all students and staff are safe and well.
"We would ask parents not to attend the school unless specifically asked to do so."
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