Tulsa ER Doctor Says Sick Students May Have Been Exposed To Chem - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Tulsa ER Doctor Says Sick Students May Have Been Exposed To Chemicals

Posted: Updated:
Some elementary school students on a field trip at the Tulsa County Jail all came down with the same symptoms. Some elementary school students on a field trip at the Tulsa County Jail all came down with the same symptoms.
During a tour of the jail, 31 Bell Elementary students and 7 adults with their group got sick within an hour. During a tour of the jail, 31 Bell Elementary students and 7 adults with their group got sick within an hour.
Dr. Michael Smith at St. John kept the kids on oxygen and drew their blood. Dr. Michael Smith at St. John kept the kids on oxygen and drew their blood.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

New details are emerging after nearly 40 people were mysteriously sickened Thursday afternoon.

Some elementary school students on a field trip at the Tulsa County Jail all came down with the same symptoms.

05/10/2012 Related Story: Students Hospitalized During Field Trip To Tulsa County Jail

The Tulsa fire department says it has completely cleared the jail as the source of anything that could have sent nearly 40 kids and adults to hospitals Thursday with headaches and stomach aches.

Sick students and panicked parents.

"They said she's OK, but I need to make sure she's OK," parent George Figueroa said.

During a tour of the jail, 31 Bell Elementary students and 7 adults with their group got sick within an hour. They had all the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, but that's still speculation.

"We ended up taking a total of 20 kids in a matter of minutes," said Dr. Michael Smith, St. John Health System ER.

Dr. Michael Smith at St. John kept the kids on oxygen and drew their blood.

"My diagnosis on these kids was chemical exposure," Dr. Smith said.

Dr. Smith says all the patients had slightly elevated carbon monoxide levels. 1. 5 are normal and the kids all had levels of 1.5 to 2.4.

"They all were consistently raised, which tells us they were probably exposed to some level of carbon monoxide somewhere," Dr. Smith said.

All of them were treated and released in less than an hour. Five hours after the jail partially evacuated, the fire department cleared the jail as part of the investigation.

"It takes a certain period of time for CO to cycle out of your system," Tulsa Fire Chief Captain Alan Barnes said. "So they could have been exposed yesterday or last night or the day before."

The elementary school kids were on the tour to learn about different careers - and in an unusual twist, they got to see several jobs play out, unfortunately at their own expense.

The fire department also couldn't find anything on the sheriff's bus that transported the kids to the jail this morning. So as of Thursday evening, still no answer as to how the students got sick.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Possible Drowning At Keystone Lake

    Possible Drowning At Keystone Lake

    The information in this story was taken from an OHP report.The information in this story was taken from an OHP report.
    The information in this story was taken from an OHP report.The information in this story was taken from an OHP report.
    Tulsa firefighter, County deputies, and the Army Corps of Engineers are searching for a man who is believed to have gone underwater in the Keystone Dam area. This is a developing storyMore >>
    Tulsa firefighter, County deputies, and the Army Corps of Engineers are searching for a man who is believed to have gone underwater in the Keystone Dam area. This is a developing storyMore >>
  • Broken Arrow Woman's Travel Trailer Stolen From Storage Unit

    Broken Arrow Woman's Travel Trailer Stolen From Storage Unit

    A Broken Arrow woman is looking for her travel trailer after she says thieves drove away with it. Tammie White says she was at work when she got a call from her husband saying that their travel trailer was missing.

    More >>

    A Broken Arrow woman is looking for her travel trailer after she says thieves drove away with it. Tammie White says she was at work when she got a call from her husband saying that their travel trailer was missing.

    More >>

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive
Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.