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Wednesday 22 November 2017

School evacuated after end-of-term prank

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A SECONDARY school was evacuated and 30 teachers and pupils treated for minor injuries after a student ignited a smoke bomb as an end of term prank.

Almost 30 people received precautionary medical treatment after the evacuation of Pobalscoil na Trionóide in Youghal, Co Cork at 1.35pm today.

No-one was seriously injured in the incident after a smoke device was triggered in a general purpose area of the school.

Greatest concern focussed on a female teacher who is pregnant but medical checks indicated she hadn't suffered any major ill effects.

It is understood the smoke device was ignited as pre-exam prank by older students.

Emergency services including paramedics and fire brigade personnel attended the scene as a precaution.

Those who received precautionary medical treatment did so for minor complaints of nausea and breathing difficulties.

Last night, a school spokesperson confirmed that the incident is now being "managed."

"A smoke device was activated in the schools general purpose area. As a precautionary measure the school was evacuated and the emergency services were called," a spokesperson told the Irish Independent.

"The situation is being managed by school management, staff and local services. Any students who were in the immediate vicinity of the incident have been checked by medical personnel as per standard protocol."

"All parents have been informed of the situation and are advised to contact their GP should they have any further concerns."

No-one required hospital treatment and all went home after the incident.

It is understood that an investigation into the incident is now underway with the school expected to trigger disciplinary proceedings against any student found to have been involved in the matter.

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