What You Need To Know:
- Over 20 instructors and students were treated for injuries following a potential chemical spill at Beech Grove High School in Indiana.
- A white, hazy mist entered the women’s restroom, causing throat irritation in 12 staff members and nine students.
- All 1,000 pupils were evacuated within minutes, and classes are anticipated to resume the following day after the school has been cleaned and sanitized.
On Tuesday, over 20 instructors and students at Beech Grove High School in Indiana were treated for injuries following a potential chemical spill. According to local authorities, a suspicious-looking white, hazy mist entered the women’s restroom at the school, causing throat irritation in 12 staff members and nine students.
All 1,000 pupils in the school were evacuated within minutes, and firefighters classified all of the injuries as minimal. None of the affected individuals were brought to the hospital, and they were all treated at the school instead. Authorities are still unsure about what may have caused the mysterious haze, and no meter readings were discovered during their search.
“At this time, we really have no idea what was deployed inside the bathroom,” said Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith. School officials announced that they will be watching security camera footage to look into what might have caused this.
Following the evacuation, students were sent home, and all after-school activities were postponed.
Classes are anticipated to resume the following day after the school has been completely cleaned and sanitized. “A disruption of the school day like what was experienced today is unacceptable, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that the cause of the incident is uncovered and appropriate consequences are rendered,” said Beech Grove Superintendent Dr. Laura Hammack.
Any Beech Grove High School students or employees who have lingering throat discomfort were urged by an on-site doctor to abstain from smoking, vaping, or using tobacco for the remainder of the day and to get some fresh air and stay in well-ventilated areas.