18 students treated, 2 hospitalized for heat exhaustion after threat prompts evacuation at Colonial High School

School evacuated around 2:15 p.m., cleared within hours

Evacuation at Colonial High School on Thursday (Copyright 2023 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Twenty students were treated for heat exhaustion after being evacuated outside Colonial High School following a “situation” Thursday, according to Orange County Fire Rescue.

In a message to News 6, OCFR said that while students waited for deputies to clear the school, 20 students began showing symptoms of heat exhaustion. Two of those students were taken to the hospital, fire officials said.

According to Orange County Public Schools, the school was evacuated around 2:15 p.m. due to a threat that appeared in a group chat.

Line of buses near Colonial High School following evacuation of students (Copyright 2023 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

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OCFR urged others to avoid the area if possible due to traffic in the area being congested with parents and buses, and the school was cleared by law enforcement around 4:40 p.m.

No further details were immediately provided, such as any regarding the threat.

This is a developing story. Check back with News 6 for the latest updates.

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