4 taken to hospital after hot graduation
by Lindsay Field
lfield@mdjonline.com
May 25, 2012 12:21 PM | 5111 views | 4 4 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
POWDER SPRINGS – So far, four people who attended McEachern High’s graduation ceremony this morning have been taken to Cobb Hospital for heat-related problems.

According to Denell Boyd with the Cobb County Fire Department, her department was called to Cantrell Stadium in Powder Springs on the McEachern High campus around 10:46 a.m. The temperature was around 81 degrees when Cobb Fire units got to the stadium.

“Puckett EMS was on the scene … they kept getting several calls so that’s when they called us,” she said.

Boyd said emergency personnel are typically on the scene of large events like graduations in Cobb.

Six units from Cobb Fire responded to the scene and while not all people were transported, Boyd did say that “several” wanted to be checked out.

“They weren’t treated or transported because they signed a release form,” she said. “When you get people in a crowd and the air isn’t moving a lot, you’re going to have some heat-related issues.”

The graduation ceremony, which began at 10 a.m., has always been held in the football stadium according to Doug Goodwin, a spokesman with the district. The ceremony did get finished and was not postponed due to the emergencies.

“In my eight years here, I don’t recall it happening but that doesn’t mean it didn’t,” he said. “It’s just a warm day and (attendees) are sitting on concrete bleachers.”

He was unsure the exact number of students graduating from McEachern this morning but was working on getting that number.

Boyd said there were about 2,000 present during the ceremony and that around noon they were all leaving the service.

The graduation at McEachern is one of three in Cobb County that will be held outside. Both Marietta High and Allatoona High’s services will be held outside Saturday morning, Marietta at 9 and Allatoona at 10.

“The main thing is, drink plenty of fluids, stay hydrated,” said Boyd. “Find shade if you can, some people have umbrellas although in a big crowd it isn’t practical … bring a water bottle if you can, you can put it on your neck to the keep the body temperature down.”
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itsthetruth
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May 26, 2012
Why not avoid this because it is hard on the kids, parents, guests, and have it at KSU like many other high schools did. This is a principal's choice and it may be a tradition and that is fine. However there are other alternatives.
MC Parent
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May 25, 2012
Congratulations to the 2012 graduating class of McEachern High School.
I know who to blame
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May 25, 2012
Teachers. If it happens at school it's their fault. Teachers.
getinshape
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May 25, 2012
And President Bush. Don't forget...it's his fault, too.

In all seriousness...10 am?! Really?! 10 am?! Just how overweight and out of shape are you if you can't handle 10 am on May 25?!
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