A group of 6 teenagers at a Junior ROTC camp in Davie, Florida, were hospitalized on Friday after a total of 14 of them came down with heat exhaustion. The teens were between the ages of 14 and 17. The children reported feeling sick and dizzy while breaking up camp in preparation for going home. Colonel James Armstrong, of the Broward County Public Schools JROTC program, speculated that the kids were so excited to get home that they were not taking the time to drink enough water.
The temperature on Friday was almost 90 degrees, but one teen who attended the camp said it felt much hotter. ”Oh, my gosh. It felt like almost over 100 degrees,” Kendon Julien, 17, told the Sun Sentinel. “We were burning up in the tents.” Another teen, Kyle Goolcharan, 16, described the ill students. ”Some of them looked pretty bad,” he said. “I saw some people shaking; I saw some people groggy.”
All of the children taken to the hospital are doing fine and are with their parents.
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