St. Peter's Elementary School evacuated; more than a dozen rushed to the hospital

St. Peter's Elementary School was evacuated Tuesday after students complained they couldn't breathe.

At around 11 a.m., more than 200 students from grades kindergarten through eighth were evacuated from the school on Hawthorne Avenue and taken to a park across the street. According to a spokesperson for the archdiocese, construction being done on the roof of the school involving tar and gravel sent dust into a classroom causing some students and teachers to become ill.

Police say about 15 students and three adults were taken to the hospital. All were treated and released.

The Yonkers Fire Department and Westchester County Health Department say the air inside the school is fine. But, in order to give the staff extra time to clean up, the school will be closed on Wednesday.

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