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UPDATE: East Valley H.S. Evacuated & Closed After Student Brings Vial Of Mercury To School

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Post From The East Valley High School Facebook Page:

"This morning a student brought a small vial of mercury that was discovered at the high school at the end of 1st period. The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded at 9:20 am and assisted in the evacuation of students and staff. A district-wide message to staff regarding this incident was sent this morning at 9:35 am. A call-out to high school parents occurred at 9:46 am along with information posted to our website.

Between 10:10 am and 10:30 am, buses arrived at the high school and students were delivered home by 11:30 am.

The fourteen staff and students with direct exposure to the mercury were taken to the hospital and all were released by 12:30 pm with a clean bill of health.

Currently our Maintenance Department, the Spokane Valley Fire Department, NEWESD101 and Able Care are assessing the situation and advising the district on clean up procedures. We do not know when we will be allowed to access the building.

Please check the high school website for information regarding specific events. Additional information will be communicated to students and parents via email and phone.

A joint statement from the Spokane Valley Fire Department and East Valley School District will be posted on the website later today.

As always, we will continue to update you as details become available.


SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - East Valley High School was evacuated Friday morning following a mercury spill in a classroom. Due to the vents within the building there was concern about the mercury's movement. A bus with 4 adults and 9 students was taken to the hospital for observation and a possible blood draw and as a precautionary measure.

The Assistant Principal tells Alex Rozier that this is "extraordinarily precautionary."