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What made 26 Cardinal Gibbons High students and one faculty member ill Monday?

What’s known about what happened at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale Monday: 26 students and one faculty member were taken to a hospital after students felt sick or fainted during a prayer service in the gym.

What’s not known about what happened at Cardinal Gibbons: what caused it.

Though Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said the first eight students were hustled to the hospital for “possible exposure to an unknown substance,” none was found.

Miami Archdiocese spokesperson Mary Rose Agosta said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department and BSO Fire Rescue did separate and joint hazmat sweeps and found nothing. A late Monday afternoon phone message to faculty and students’ families from Cardinal Gibbons Principal Paul Ott said some classrooms were swept where students felt ill with the same result.

An all-clear at 2:38 p.m. allowed for regular pickup for the more than 1,100 students who remained in school. Ott said all students taken to the hospital were released by 5 p.m. “with no clear diagnosis.”

Agosta said nothing like this has happened before at Cardinal Gibbons.

This bulletin will be updated as more information becomes available.



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