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Officials continue to investigate why students were sickened at Oakville school

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Classes were canceled again on Friday at Swift Middle School after dozens of students were sickened the day before.

However, staff members must still report to work, according to school officials.

Firefighters were back out at the school in Oakville Friday morning to make sure it was safe for students, but no toxins were found.

Thirty five students were taken to the hospital on Thursday after they became sick during a recital practice.

Officials told Eyewitness News that they swept the outside of Swift Middle School on Thursday, but found nothing out of the ordinary.

That’s why the fire department was called to take extra readings throughout the school.

“It didn't really smell at all,” said Paige Ruffino, a Swift seventh grader. “People just started feeling sick at lunch and then we were all evacuated.”

Many of the sixth through eighth grade students were in the auditorium for the recital practice when toward the end of the period they reported feeling sick.

One of those students was Evan Davidson.

“I'm really nervous about what happened,” he said. “I don't know what happened. I still have a headache and a stomach ache.”

Officials said they first thought that lunch may have been the culprit. However, none of the students vomited.

They also said they checked for gas, but the tests came back clean.

“It can test for five different gases and there were no readings of any consequence on any meters,” said Chief Larry Black, Watertown Fire Department.

On Friday, some said a fainting incident could have caused fear for other students, prompting them to become sick.

Officials said no students vomited, and the cafeteria came back clean.

Two days of testing from local and state officials, and no trace of any harmful gases were found.

"The school system is in the process of checking with all the students affected yesterday to try to determine what may have been a legitimate illness versus an emotional reaction to the situation," Black added.

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