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Riverside Mom Whose Son Went To Hospital Is Concerned About Water Situation

Reported: Feb. 6, 2014 6:13 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 6, 2014 9:51 PM EST
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - As crews were finishing flushing out Riverside High School's water pipes on Wednesday morning, Chaz Pari, 14,s experienced eye and nose irritation and lightheadedness. He eventually passed out and was taken to CAMC General.

School was dismissed early after Paris and a teacher were both overcome, and several other students complained of burning around the eyes and nose.

Paris' mother said students should not be in class again until the source of the problem has been found.

"There is something there that made the teacher pass out, my son pass out, and several other kids that had the symptoms of the eyes burning, nose burning," Tara Woodrum said. "There's something in that water."

Riverside's water was tested for a third time following the incident and the school's administrators said no detectable levels of MCHM were found.

But with her son one of two people taken out of the school Wednesday and transported to the hospital, that news doesn't ease Woodrum's mind very much.

"Now I have that doubt that my son has passed out and brought to the ambulance, is everything going to be okay?" Woodrum said. "Is my daughter next? My other two kids, is that going to happen? It's nerve-wracking to even try to think about sending them."

Woodrum said her son spent the day resting and is feeling a bit better. However, she said she would rather he not go to school tomorrow.

And she said she's also concerned about her other two children. She has a daughter who attends Riverside and another younger daughter who attends Midland Trail Elementary School.

Both Riverside and Midland Trail dismissed early on Wednesday due to problems that may be associated with the water flushing process.



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