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Sandy Springs Middle School classroom evacuated
by Staff Reports
November 18, 2013 03:43 PM | 2055 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Just after 1 p.m. Monday, the Sandy Springs police and fire departments responded to calls at Sandy Springs Middle School in response to numerous complaints by students of severe eye irritation, the departments announced in a news release. The complaints came from one classroom of 22 students.

Students were transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite in Sandy Springs. Sandy Springs Fire officials determined the source of the students’ eye irritation was calcium carbonate, also known as chalk dust. It is not known how the dust caused the problems in the classroom, which was the only room where the students were affected.

In an emailed response to a question about the evacuation, Capt. Steve Rose, a police spokesman, said no students were seriously injured.

Emergency personnel cleared the area at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

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