Nearly 30 middle school students were taken to hospitals after ingesting Valentine’s Day candy given out by students at Sandtown Middle School.
On Thursday afternoon ambulances arrived at the South Fulton school in Atlanta, Georgia, after several students reported feeling nauseated and disoriented after eating Valentine’s candy and snacks.
Talked with the mayor of South Fulton, he told me about 20 children from Sandtown middle school sick from Valentine’s Day candy. Children were taken to nearby hospitals. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/VzMc20FzOE
— Dave Huddleston (@DaveHWSB) February 14, 2019
One student told WSB-TV:
“People were like screaming down the hallway and stuff.”
School official, Cliff Jones, confirmed that 21 students were rushed to multiple local hospitals. However, by late afternoon the number of sick students grew to 28, reports AJC. Several students were taken by stretcher to the ambulance.
Another student recalled to WSB-TV:
“It was scary, because my first thought was that it could happen to me.”
According to reports, the health board didn’t have enough evidence to conclusively determine the cause of the sickness. However, investigators are trying to determine if the treats were laced with drugs.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) February 14, 2019
According to reports, none of the kids were seriously ill. Officials Jones stated:
When students began reporting their symptoms, we partnered with local municipalities to immediately get them medical attention as quickly as possible.
For the safety of all, students and staff were instructed not to eat anything given to them by another person and not to eat anything they didn’t bring from their own home.
And it was only the students who fell ill; there were no reports of teachers getting sick.
One student told WXIA a classmate shared the Valentine’s Day treats during a locker break. Genesis Cruz said:
“Everyone started bringing candy in the shape of hearts. So, people started, like, passing them out and like people were eating them.”
“They were like Rice Crispies and stuff. Like lollipops.”
The school was not evacuated or put on lockdown, despite incorrect media reports.
Food samples are being taken to labs for testing.
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