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Updated: January 6, 2014 12:55PM



Stagg High School students are being dismissed about 15 minutes early on Wednesday, after the school building was evacauted because of an ‘unusual smell’ was reported in a math classroom, a spokeswoman for the school district said.

Officials are still uncertain what caused the odor was, but they have determined that it was not natural gas, spokeswoman Carl Erdey said.

“They don’t believe it’s natural gas,” Erdey said.

Students and faculty began filing out of Stagg High School in Palos Hills, shortly after 1 p.m. About an hour after the evacuation, the students walked to three nearby churches. Six students and one staff member were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, Erdey said.

At least three Nicor gas service trucks were spotted outside the school, along with police cars, a fire truck and ambulances. The emergency vehicles began leaving the school grounds about 2 p.m.

Police had blocked off Roberts Road, south of 111th St. The school is on the southwest corner of that intersection.

Erdey said the evacuation was a precautionary measure taken after “an unusual smell in a mathematics classroom.”

Erdey asked that parents who drive their children to school pick up their students at 3:15 p.m. to avoid heave traffic around the school.



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