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Students Fall Ill at Starpoint High School

By Associated Press

Pendleton, NY – Nearly three dozen high school students reported feeling ill during a morning concert rehearsal Tuesday, leading officials to close the school and call emergency crews.

About 50 to 60 students were practicing for a choral concert in the Starpoint High School auditorium when some began experiencing headaches, nausea and vomiting.

Thirty-four students were taken to four hospitals for treatment. All released into the care of their parents by Tuesday afternoon.

Blood and air-quality tests ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning, Rural Metro Ambulance spokesman Steve Beauchamp said, but the cause of the illness remained unknown Tuesday afternoon.

The district dismissed students early.