Students sickened by foul odor at Kutztown school

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Emergency crews responded to a report of foul odor at Kutztown Area Middle School on Thursday.

The odor was found in two classrooms shortly after 1 p.m., according to Superintendent George Fiore, and students were removed from their classes as a precaution.

Fiore said some students reported that they felt nauseous. EMTs on scene evaluated the affected students and staff, and if the parents requested, their child was sent to a local hospital for evaluation.

The district said the fire department conducted air quality tests in multiple locations, but there was no evidence of pollutants in any of their readings. It was believed the odor came from outside the building, quite possibly from farming activity.

The building will be monitored throughout the evening and into Friday morning. All after-school activities are to continue.

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