WALDORF, Md. (AP) — Several dozen elementary school students in southern Maryland have been taken to hospitals after they reported feeling ill because of the heat.

William Stephens, director of emergency services for Charles County, says the students were overcome by heat Thursday morning while attending an event at a semi-pro baseball stadium.

County spokeswoman Crystal Hunt says a total of 82 children were either treated at the stadium or were taken to hospitals. It was not known how many of the students had been released from the hospital as of Thursday afternoon. But Hunt says the most seriously ill student, who showed symptoms of a heat stroke, has been released.

Stephens says he can’t remember an event of a similar magnitude in his 25 years on the job.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. williejoe says:

    Did any one consider giving these kids bottled water? Kids prefer juice & sugar drinks which only further dehydrate you. They need to be made to drink water.

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