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Beck students evacuated after fog machine trouble

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published May 13, 2015

A group of Beck Centennial Elementary students were reportedly sent to seek medical treatment May 13 after a fog machine apparently made them feel ill at the school, according to a Utica Community Schools spokesman.

According to school district spokesman Tim McAvoy,  36 students were sent to receive medical treatment after being near the machine.

“We had a group of (fifth)-grade students who were sickened,” McAvoy said. “They were rehearsing for an upcoming performance when the fog machine was activated for a performance.”

McAvoy could not confirm where the students were taken for medical examination or treatment. He said an investigation by the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department and the Macomb Township Fire Department could determine whether the fog machine malfunctioned.

McAvoy said the rest of the Beck students were being transported to Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township as a precautionary measure.

“We have notified parents, and we have asked them to pick their students up at Eisenhower,” he said.

A representative from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department deferred questions about the event to UCS.

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