Indio high school evacuated after odor makes students feel ill
By Gail Wesson
An unusual odor that made students feel ill led to the evacuation of 1,900 students from Shadow Hills High School in Indio on Thursday, Oct. 5.
Six people were sent to area hospitals for evaluation, and another 22 evaluated at school with minor symptoms, according to a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department news release.
The incident was reported at 12:23 p.m. at the school in the 39000 block of Jefferson Street.
The county’s hazardous materials team was unable to locate a source of the odor.
The evacuated students initially were taken to nearby Desert Ridge Academy Middle School at 79767 Avenue 39 in Indio.
By about 3 p.m., all students were released to their parents or guardians and allowed to go home.