The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

December 12, 2013

Hyperventilating students prompt school evacuation

Associated Press

— HOKES BLUFF, Ala. (AP) — Officials in Etowah County say Hokes Bluff Middle School has been evacuated after a group of students began hyperventilating during gym class.

County school Superintendent Alan Cosby told the Gadsden Times ( ) Thursday that about 350 students were being bussed to Hokes Bluff High School, and parents can come pick their children up if they wish.

Cosby says more than 50 students were participating in the gym class when about 15 of them began hyperventilating. Cosby says some students were taken to the Gadsden Regional Medical Center and authorities are unsure of what caused them to begin hyperventilating.

Hokes Bluff Police Chief Mitchell Hill says Alabama Gas Corp. didn't detect any gas leaks at the school.

Hokes Bluff is about 10 miles east of Gadsden.