Students and driver exposed to unknown chemical on school bus, says Lancaster County Sheriff – WSOC TV
LANCASTER COUNTY, SC – Several students and a driver were exposed to an unknown substance on a school bus late Wednesday afternoon at Indian Land High School, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Press release.
Police, fire and paramedics were called to the school at 5.12pm on a bus near the bus office behind the stadium. The bus was carrying more than 40 students.
A 14-year-old girl lost consciousness, the sheriff said. Other students and an emergency management department worker also showed signs of exposure to the substance.
The paramedics did not take anyone to the hospital. However, a family member took the bus driver to a medical facility for evaluation.
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All those exposed are stable. The parents were informed of the incident and collected their children.
“All parents have been urged to monitor their students and seek immediate medical attention if additional symptoms appear,” the sheriff said.
A K-9 unit has arrived on the scene and investigators are inspecting the bus and items on it.
Firefighters will decontaminate the school bus after it has been processed by investigators.
“I want to assure the parents that we are taking this matter seriously and will be conducting a thorough investigation to determine what caused this exposure,” Sheriff Barry Faile said. “We hope this was not the result of criminal activity, but we will go where the investigation takes us.”
If you have any information, let Crime Stoppers know.
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