Hokes Bluff Investigation
Hokes Bluff Elementary School and Hokes Bluff Middle School will be closed tomorrow. Etowah County School leaders made that announcement today after 13 students and a teacher at the middle school became sick during P.E. class. All students at the middle school were evacuated after those students started hyperventilating. They were taken to the gymnasium at the high school. Because of its proximity to the middle school, elementary school students were also evacuated. The Etowah County Sheriff's Office, Hokes Bluff Police and Fire Departments, Gadsden Fire Department, A-Med Ambulance and the Gadsden/Etowah County Emergency Management Agency responded to the middle school. Some of the children were taken to the hospital for evaluation, but the cause of the medical problems are unknown at this time.