NORTH PORT — Five teachers at Lamarque Elementary School said they felt faint, weak or had chest pains Wednesday, according to the Sarasota County School District. Two were taken by paramedics to area medical centers, one left by personal vehicle and two returned to the classroom, district spokesman Scott Ferguson said. Several children also complained of dizziness and headaches, although no students were hospitalized. The district is inspecting the school and is sending a telephone message to all Lamarque parents.
Lamarque has been plagued with a sulfur or rotten egg-type smell since it opened in 2006, causing staff and students to complain of allergy-like symptoms like coughing and scratchy throats. School district officials have said following numerous testing that the problem is not contaminated drywall, and recently asked the CDC to step in and help determine the cause of the stench.
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