WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Over two dozen kids from Sandtown Middle School of Fulton County landed in the hospital after they became sick from eating snacks including candy on Valentine’s Day.
- According to reports from Fulton County Schools Academic Officer Cliff Jones, all children became nauseated and appeared confused, but none so far became seriously ill.
- Although investigations by the Fulton County School police have commenced, together with the school cooperating with agencies to determine the cause why the kids got sick, the South Fulton Fire Department blames the candy as the culprit.
Valentine’s Day candy is believed by officials to be the culprit for the more than two dozen schoolchildren from Atlanta who were taken to the hospital on Thursday.
Shortly after ingesting snacks and candy brought to school at noon, 28 students at Sandtown Middle School in Fulton County, felt “nauseated and disoriented. Although they became violently sick afterward, none were seriously ill, according to Chief Academic Officer Cliff Jones of Fulton County Schools.
To ensure the safety of everyone, Jones advised the other students and school staff not to eat anything that is given to them by other people or hasn’t brought from their homes.
“They ate something that caused some kind of reaction. “Once you get that many kids suffering the same thing, you have to figure out what’s going on,” South Fulton Fire Department Deputy Chief Jack Butler told NBC News.
While it remains unclear yet as to what caused the students to be ill, Sandtown Principal Estella Cook assured parents in a letter that the school is working with all agencies to know what happened. In addition, investigations by Fulton County School police have already begun.
However, Butler is sure that whatever made those kids sick has something to do with the Valentine’s Day candy or “something along that line.”
Source: NBC News