A mysterious odor led to a full-scale evacuation at Kahalu'u Elementary School Thursday.
Before noon, students and staff were being shuttled to the hospital by the bus loads.
A paramedic was on board and more were waiting at the hospital to do an initial check
A paramedic was on board and more were waiting at the hospital to do an initial check. In all, 25 kids and five teachers were taken to Castle Medical Center.
"The eyes and nose hurt. The eyes were really itchy and the nose was stinging a little bit," said Sam Akin, a Kahaluu Elementary School student.
"It was unnerving because there was a different smell within the community," said Eldean Kukahiko, a parent and Kahalu'u elementary ukulele teacher.
Two of Kukahiko's grandkids were at school while he was teaching lessons.
"I wanted to get them as soon as I could," said Kukahiko.
Paramedics arrived within one hour.
"As you can imagine it was a very busy scene out there trying to evacuate a school with more than 300 students," said Shayne Enright, an EMS spokesperson.
The ones not enroute to the hospital were sent to Kaneohe District Park and waited for the all clear and for parents to pick them up.
"We train for this, so we knew what to do," said Principal Naomi Matsuzaki. Matsuzako says the school made two rounds of calls to parents to make sure they got the message.
Emergency crews expect all of the students and staff to be ok.
It has been confirmed that all of the kids and staff sent to the hospital have been released.
Principal Matsuzaki says school is back on Friday. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the chemical odor.
Click here to read Lara Yamada's article.
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