Marching band students treated for heat-related illness at Penn High School

As many as 30 students taking part in a marching band competition at Penn High School fell ill to heat-related illnesses on Saturday, Sept. 23.

With a daytime high expected to hit 90 degrees and a heat index in the mid-90’s, St. Joseph County Dispatch says the calls started to come in just before 3 p.m., according to News Now Warsaw’s reporting partners at WNDU.

Students were preforming outside during the annual Carnival Of Bands for about two hours before a decision was made to move the event inside the school’s gymnasium.

While many of the students were treated on scene, more than a dozen were taken to the hospital.

More than 30 bands were scheduled to compete at the school. However some bands, including Plymouth High School, decided not to compete because of the hot weather.