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South Brunswick: ‘Bloody’ Class Causes Students To Faint, SBHS Briefly Evacuated

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Interim Superintendent Dr. Gary McCartney explains the fainting incident that caused the brief evacuation of South Brunswick High School on Monday morning. Credits: Charles W. Kim photos
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Some “bloody” coursework is the likely reason three high school students fainted in class Monday morning causing the brief evacuation of the school, officials said.

Interim Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary McCartney said during Monday night’s Board of Education meeting that three South Brunswick High School students fainted in class during the morning while learning about “stomach rending” topics such as blood transfusions and blood-borne illnesses.

According to Dr. McCartney, the incident took place around 10:30 a.m. in a class at the high school on Ridge Road.

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Students were involved in coursework about blood when three students fainted in class, he said.

Dr. McCartney said that the teacher called for assistance and Principal Peter Varela notified him of the incident.

“All of the students were attended to,” he said. “Adults went to the room to help, we pulled the fire alarm, and the fire department responded.”

Police said that the school was evacuated and responding firefighters tested the air in the room and the building, not finding levels of anything to cause the incident.

“There were no environmental hazards in the room,” McCartney said. “There was nothing detected that would have been a threat or danger to any of the students that were present.”

All the students went back into the building after about 30 minutes and the day continued, but some of the involved students went home and are doing fine, he said.

He said that the apparent cause of the incident was likely the course material, which is part of the district’s normal curriculum.

A firefighter told him that it is common that when someone faints, others that may be “like minded” may also faint after that.

A total of three students fainted and seven others complained of “being queasy” following the incident, he said.

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