8 students report feeling sick during Mass at West Roxbury church

Three elementary school students were taken to a hospital Friday morning after eight students reported that they were not feeling well during a Mass at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury, officials said.

The church was hosting a Mass for students from several local elementary schools and their parents when one student passed out for reasons that are not known, according to Boston Fire Department spokesman Marc Sanders.

Shortly afterward, seven other students reported that they were not feeling well, saying they felt light-headed, dizzy, and warm, Sanders said.

Firefighters and EMS responded to the church around 10:39 a.m. and called on a hazmat team to test the air. The church was evacuated and members of the hazmat team conducted a sweep of the building, but the readings on their air quality meters were normal, Sanders said.


“Everything was up to code,” Sanders said.

Three of the eight students, including the one who passed out, were taken to a local hospital to be evaluated, but none of them are in life-threatening condition, Sanders said.

The church will probably be closed for the rest of Friday, Sanders said.

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