Georgia Parents Looking for Answers After Kids Sickened by Valentine’s Treats
ATLANTA, GA. – Parents in Atlanta, Georgia, are looking for answers about what happened at their children’s school on Valentine’s Day, according to an online news report from wsbtv.com. Almost 30 children became ill that day from eating holiday treats, and the source of the problem has not yet been identified.*
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, students at Sandtown Middle School in Atlanta were celebrating the holiday traditionally with treats and candy. In the afternoon of that day, things went horribly wrong. A total of 28 students became sick after eating foods from a still-unknown source. School officials and investigators have not yet identified what food caused the illness or what person or company supplied the food.
The students reported symptoms like chills, nausea, dizziness, disorientation, and even hallucinations, according to parents. One parent, who asked not to be named in media reports, said the school was in chaos when she went to pick up her seventh-grade daughter. She observed one student running and screaming. Her own daughter was very ill, the parent said.
“[My daughter] was telling me she was very cold, even though the school was warm,” the parent said. “She was real cold, her teeth were cold. Her stomach hurt, her head hurt, and her eyes were just cloudy.”
The parent said her daughter told her she had eaten a packaged sucker before lunch. However, other children reported to school officials and parents that they had eaten brownies, rice crispy treats, and varied other candies and snacks.
Fulton County Schools has said it will conduct an investigation into the matter and test all food using outside agencies. The school said it would be teaching students about the risks of eating food from people or places they don’t know.
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