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Officials: Approximately 22 kids sickened by substance at Sandy Springs Charter Middle School

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SANDY SPRINGS, GA (CBS46) -

About twenty-two children were removed from a classroom at Sandy Springs Middle School after students complained their eyes were burning.

The school notified 911 and the district's environmental services department.

According to the Fulton County School System, around 12:30 p.m., the students in an eighth-grade class complained of eye and throat irritation in a computer lab.

Firefighters said three kids have been taken to Children's Hospital at Scottish Rite with complaints of burning eyes.

Fire officials said the cause of the student's eye irritation was calcium carbonate, also known as chalk dust.  Officials said they don't know why the dust caused problems in that classroom, which was the only room impacted.

The entire class was moved outdoors and checked out by a cluster nurse, according to Susan Hale with the Fulton County School System.

Sandy Springs Fire and FCS environmental services is investigating and parents have been notified.

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