School canceled Friday after 6 students were hospitalized due to ‘unbearable odor’ at Caney Creek High School

The campus will be closed Friday, May 5.

CONROE, Texas – Officials with the Conroe Independent School District announced that school will be canceled on Friday, May 5, 2023, as an investigation continues into a reported odor that has been impacting the campus for the past few days.

Six students were hospitalized on Thursday after the mysterious odor was reported on the campus of Caney Creek High School.

Administrators said this is the second day that students on campus have been impacted by the unknown odor, which they originally believed was a gas leak.

Caney Creek Fire Department responded to the campus on Thursday, along with The Woodlands HAZMAT team, after several students reported feeling nauseous.

In total, 14 students reported feeling ill of some sort on Thursday, but only six of them were transported to the hospital. Those hospitalized are in stable condition.

The Caney Creek Fire Marshal said the smell could possibly be the result of a prank or some type of spray, but they’re working to find the exact cause.

Below is the statement from the Principal of Caney Creek ISD:

“Our investigation into the source of the odor continues as there were no findings with the smoke test. We encourage anyone with information to contact campus administration or make a report through the Anonymous Alerts app.

Caney Creek HS will not have school tomorrow, Friday, May 5th, to allow the contractors to continue their investigation into the source. Just as we have throughout this situation, we will update you as we know more.

Sincerely, Jeff Stichler, Principal”

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