Principal declares ‘no danger’ despite two evacuations from gas odor


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A letter written by the principal at Paredes Middle School said there was no threat to students on Tuesday despite two separate evacuations after students reported smelling gas.

“At no time were our students or staff in any danger today,” Principal Valerie Torres-Solis wrote.

The letter details two evacuations on campus, one at approximately 9:45 a.m. in the final arts building and then another at about 1:15 p.m. for the entire campus.

Torres-Solis said eleven students were evaluated by the nursing staff and four chose to go home for the remainder of the afternoon.

The Austin Independent School District also sent air quality staff to check the building, who cleared both the cafeteria and gym before students could return to class.

Students KXAN spoke to described moments of panic as school officials began shuttling students out of the building.

“I heard the sirens of the police and ambulances, too. Our teachers started screaming at us to go outside and we went outside and I was really worried about what was happening,” said sixth-grader Jacqueline Chavez.

According to Austin Travis County EMS, one girl was transported to Dell Children’s Medical Center to receive additional attention.

Original Article:

Classes resumed Tuesday afternoon at a south Austin middle school following an evacuation due to reports of a gas odor, according to tweets from the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. 

Officials tweeted at 1:35 p.m. that they are evaluating 15 patients at Parades Middle School at 10100 S Mary Moore Searight Drive. ATCEMS later tweeted that a girl was taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center.

Emergency medical services cleared the scene shortly after and classes resumed.

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