Suspicious powder found at Peachtree Elementary

NORCROSS - Two Peachtree Elementary School employees were taken to the Gwinnett Medical Center on Tuesday for evaluation after they came in contact with an unknown powder in the school's front office, officials said.

The front office staff found a bag containing the powder just before the school's dismissal time, said Jorge Quintana, a Gwinnett County Public Schools spokesman. According to the GCPS Web site, the school lets out at 2:45 p.m.

School employees, following procedure, called a school resource officer, who called the Gwinnett County Fire Department, Quintana said.

The fire department was dispatched to the school at about 2:27 p.m., according to an e-mail from Lt. Thomas Rutledge, the department's spokesman. Firefighters decontaminated and evaluated the six employees who were present when the substance was found, he wrote.

The six other employees who were in the front office when the powder was found were able to go home, school officials said.

Students were able to leave the school without delays, and buses were running on schedule, Quintana said.

Quintana said the Gwinnett County School Police Department will investigate the incident.

The names of the women who were taken to the hospital were not available Tuesday evening, nor was information on whether they were admitted to the hospital.