A Hickman Mills School District student was taken by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital on Thursday after an aerosol can was sprayed in a classroom, causing breathing problems for several students and teachers.
A district official said the incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. A student at Smith-Hale Middle School sprayed the unidentified contents from the can into a confined classroom. Eight people — six students and two adults — complained of difficulty breathing and were treated at hospitals.
The school was evacuated, and the Kansas City Fire Department, including a hazardous materials team, was called to the school, said Ruth Terrell, a district spokeswoman.
Several affected students went home, including the student who sprayed the classroom, Terrell said. She said the student who sprayed the can would be reprimanded.
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The hazmat team received a zero reading in the building, and students returned to classrooms about 11:30 a.m.
Officials at Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center said all eight patients from the school were to be released Thursday.