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Several Quail Hollow students sickened at school

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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