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Officials at the Tennessee Poison Center want parents to be on the lookout for the tell-tale signs of exposure to the potentially deadly gas.
"If they have a headache, vomiting, nausea, throwing up, if they had any symptoms now that they didn't have [Monday] when they went into school then those are the children that we would be most concerned about," said Dr. Donna Seger, medical director for the Tennessee Poison Center.
Seger said just after 2 p.m. Vanderbilt Children s Hospital admitted patients that were students at Drexel Preparatory Academy in Whites Creek that may have been exposed to the gas that can be lethal in high doses.
"A carbon monoxide detector went off that caused concern," Seger said. "There have been a number of children that have been symptomatic potentially of carbon monoxide exposure"
Drexel is a K-4 charter school on Jackson Road in Whites Creek.
" The school first broke the news to parents over the phone," Seger said.
A Metro Schools tweet followed at 4:34 that read, "If your child attends Drexel, please take him or her to an emergency room for an evaluation. "
A Vanderbilt Children's Hospital spokesperson says 49 students were evaluated and 40 were confirmed and treated.
"The children will be admitted for a 23-hour observation and will be discharged tomorrow," Seger said. "If there are any subsequent problems it would be very unusual"
All of the children were in stable condition Monday night, according to a spokesperson for the Children s Hospital.
Calls to the school were not returned.
School will be closed there on Tuesday.
If you feel your child may have been exposed, you are urged to contact the Poison Help Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Tuesday, January 15 2013, 09:45 AM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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