Holy Trinity Dismisses Students Early Due To Odor

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A strong odor sent several students to the hospital and prompted an early dismissal at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Robinson Township this morning.

Officials say a total of 31 people were treated for symptoms, including 27 students and three adults. They were taken to Heritage Valley Sewickley and Ohio Valley General. Their symptoms included headache, nausea, shortness of breath and a metallic taste.

Authorities say all have been treated and released except for one person who was reportedly transferred from Ohio Valley General to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Officials report that the girl has a pre-existing condition.

The odor began to cause problems around 9 a.m.

Officials say around 320 students, from kindergarten through the eighth grade, attend the school. The students affected by the odor were on the lower level, which holds grades sixth through eighth.

Holy Trinity’s principal Kimberly Stevenson says all students were evacuated from the building and taken over to the church, which is on school grounds.

“The children have been evacuated for precautionary measures. None of our children are in distress right now. We do have some that have been sent to the hospital just to be looked at,” said Stevenson. “They have asthma, so things were a little… they were having some problems breathing.”

Parents were being allowed to pick up their children, and school buses were also brought in to help get the kids home.

The Allegheny County Health Department has been called in to investigate. The fire department was initially called, but couldn’t find the source of the odor.

Officials with the school said that preschool will be held on Thursday. However, classes for Kindergarten to 8th grade students are canceled.

Stay with KDKA for the latest details.

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  • Pele

    Here we go it is sweeps month so every news channel in Pittsburgh will be hounding the students and parents about “How they feel about this situation”. The news media feasts on stories like this because the more they make it sound like someone almost died the better. The better means more viewers and more viewers means their ratings will be the best in the area. It is time to turn the station during the news hour and demand better ethics in the news, but we all know that will never happen.

  • Union

    Less commercials would help

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  • Drake

    I go to this school… They are working on the church except it happen in the lower level. Not many windows are down there.

  • Lewk

    I ‘m just guessing but, if Dale Vietmiere was anywhere in the area, thats where MOST of the stink in Robinson Township comes from, His position in the PD. and how he got there ,is what stinks :-)

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