High heat and humdity during an outdoor Mass at Springfield's Sacred Heart-Griffin High School caused dozens of students to show signs of heat-related illness... and led to 16 of them being transported to city hospitals for evaluation.
Springfield fire officials say none of those illnesses appear to be serious, even though eyewitnesses say some students passed out from the heat. 8 students were taken to Memorial Medical Center and 8 more to St. John's Hospital as a precaution. Other students may have been taken home by their parents, but officials did not have an exact count on how many.
More than 2,000 parochial school students had been bused to the SH-G campus for a first-ever "All-City" Mass among the city's Catholic schools.