NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 15, 2013)—Twenty-eight students spent the night in a hospital after carbon monoxide leaked at their Nashville private school.
Drexel Preparatory Academy principal Cheryl Bowman told WTVF-TV that students began coming to the office Monday morning complaining of flu-like symptoms.
Officials decided to cancel classes.
After students were sent home, the school got a call from Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital, saying several students had been brought in and showed high levels of carbon monoxide.
Workers found a hole in a heating unit that serves the central part of the school, where the kindergarten and first-grade classes are located.
The students were admitted to the hospital and put on oxygen overnight.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by combustion.