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Ocho Rios High School classes cancelled for the day

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2013 | 12:16 PM

The Ocho Rios High School in St Ann has been ordered closed for rest of the day to address fogging issues that may have caused dozens of students to faint this morning.

Classes on the institution’s morning shift were suspended after dozens of students reportedly fainted on the compound.

The education ministry’s region three director Maxine Headlam says the health ministry issued the order after confirming that fumes from chemicals used to eradicate mosquitoes overnight remain on the compound.

Students who turned up for the start of the morning shift shortly before 7 a.m. inhaled the lingering fumes resulting in fainting spells and other stomach complaints.

Several students were rushed to the St Ann’s Bay hospital by ambulances that were summoned to the scene.

A teacher who spoke to The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre from the hospital said around 70 students have so far been taken in for medical treatment and the number was rising.

A nearby primary school has not reported any effects and is continuing its classes.


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