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Several Quail Hollow students sickened at school

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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Students at Quail Hollow Middle School are escorted to the MEDIC Mass Casualty Evacuation Transport bus for evaluation.
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    DAVIE HINSHAW - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Medic and Charlotte-Mecklenburg fire officials are on the scene at Quail Hollow Middle School where kids have become ill after breathing some sort of gas on the football field.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Fire and other emergency vehicles were called to Quail Hollow Middle School in south Charlotte on Wednesday after four students complained of feeling ill while on the school’s athletic field.
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    Davie Hinshaw - dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com
    Students are escorted to the MEDIC Mass Casualty Evacuation Transport bus for evaluation. Medic and Charlotte-Mecklenburg fire officials responded to Quail Hollow Middle School where students reported feeling ill after reports of a gas leak near the school’s athletic field. Fire officials could find no evidence of a leak on Wednesday afternoon.

Several Quail Hollow Middle School students became ill Wednesday afternoon as they were walking onto an athletic field at the south Charlotte school, authorities said.

The incident took place about 12:15 p.m. at the school, off Park Road near South Mecklenburg High School.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials said authorities were working to determine the cause of the illnesses, but a report from Medic called the situation a “gas leak.”

Charlotte Fire Department Spokesman Mark Basnight told the Observer there was no evidence of a gas leak, and that firefighters hadn’t detected any substance when they arrived.

A spokeswoman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said four students complained of feeling ill as they walked onto an athletic field. Officials at the scene said a group of 27 students was headed to the outdoor activities area.

Several fire and Medic vehicles were sent to the scene. The Medic Mass Casualty Evacuation Van arrived at the school about 12:45 p.m. and at least 10 students were taken to the van for observation.

Medic said it had examined 11 students but said none had been taken to a hospital.

The Observer’s Davie Hinshaw and Cleve R. Wootson Jr. contributed.

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