At least 5 students at Miami-area school sickened after report of ‘hazardous material’

A West Kendall school where several students were hospitalized after a report of “hazardous material” has been cleared for re-entry.

Five students were hospitalized after falling ill at BridgePrep Academy Village Green, 13300 SW 120th St., after 11 a.m. Tuesday. It’s not yet clear how many students were treated at the school.

Miami-Dade fire crews were called after two students reportedly felt-lightheaded, according to charter school board representative J.C. Quintana.

After an additional three students began to complain of similar symptoms, firefighters decided to evacuate the school as precautionary measure.

Quintana says a paramedic at the school indicated one of the students had flu-like symptoms.

A hazmat team searched the school and gave the all-clear at 1:15 p.m. School officials, however, decided to dismiss students early.

C. Isaiah Smalls II is a reporter covering breaking and trending news for the Miami Herald. Previously, he worked for ESPN’s The Undefeated as part of their inaugural class of Rhoden Fellows. He is a graduate of both Columbia University and Morehouse College.