Middle school in Louisiana closed Wednesday after students, staff sickened


SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Broadmoor Middle Lab will be closed Wednesday, after more than a dozens students and staff suffered nausea and headaches Tuesday, prompting the evacuation of the school.

According to Caddo schools spokeswoman Mary Nash-Wood, the closure is out of an abundance of caution in order to allow for personnel to continue to perform a thorough review of the campus.

“We are thankful for the efforts of our first responders who have worked with us to ensure the campus is safe and prepared to welcome students and staff,” Wood said in a statement announcing the closure late Tuesday afternoon.

Woods said that no cause has been determined at this time, and most of the individuals transported earlier in the day have since been released from area hospitals.

School officials decided to evacuate Broadmoor Middle Lab Tuesday afternoon after several students and staff members complained of headaches and nausea.

Wood said there were initially several students from the same classroom reporting mild symptoms, so that area was cleared while EMS and the fire department were called in to check those students out and Centerpoint Energy was called in to check for a possible gas leak.

The number of individuals reporting symptoms has since grown to include 13 students and 3 staff members. Of those, Wood says 11 students and one staff member were taken to the hospital to be checked out.

While Centerpoint has determined that there is no gas leak, the school and emergency officials are on the scene with a hazmat team, working to identify the cause of the students’ malaise. This includes looking into what the students might have eaten and other possible common potential causes.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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