W. Virginia schools shut down after tainted water is linked to headaches and dizziness

By David Edwards
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:48 EDT
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Four West Virginia schools were forced to send students home earlier on Monday after teachers linked a chemical smell coming from the water to headaches and dizziness.

WCHS reported that Principal Erin Sullivan of Grandview Elementary School in Charleston followed protocol and dismissed the children early after learning of an odor associated with Crude MCHM, the chemical that shut down water for 300,000 people last month after it spilled into a West Virginia river.

Several teachers reported to Sullivan that they had experienced headaches and dizziness after detecting the smell sometime after 8 a.m. Response teams from the West Virginia National Guard and the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department were on site testing the water later on Tuesday.

Students were provided hand sanitizer and bottled water until they were finally sent home at around 12:15 p.m.

A state response team was expected to flush school pipes before allowing students to return. Test results were not available as of Monday evening.

The state also dispatched “rapid response teams” and closed three other schools on Monday due to a similar chemical smell in the water. Those schools included John Adams Middle School, Sharon Dawes Elementary School, and Alum Creek Elementary School.

Watch the video below from WCHS, broadcast Feb. 17, 2014.

[Adorable five year old African American Girl drinking from water (Shutterstock.com)]

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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