Urgent warning issued to parents as children fall ill from drug-laced muffins

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Dozens of children were hospitalised after eating drugged muffins they bought on the way to school.

Police have said that 90 children were taken ill after eating the baked goods and emergency services were called when teachers noticed children behaving strangely.

An investigation has found that the muffins bought on the way to school were spiked with cannabis, known locally as dagga.

Children in all grades, from ages five to 13 were affected. Their symptoms included nausea, cramps, sickness and hallucinations.

The spikings happened at Pulamadibogo Primary School in Tshwane, South Africa.

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Gauteng Education spokesperson Steve Mabona said: “According to information at our disposal, approximately 90 learners from Grade R to Grade 7 consumed what looked like muffins, suspected to be laced with dagga from a school vendor.

“All 90 affected learners were attended to by emergency services on school premises.

“However, they were all subsequently rushed to different medical facilities where their condition would be monitored.”

“Police visited the school as this incident caused distress among parents, who also came as they were concerned about the safety of their children.

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“Subsequently, the street vendor was identified, and police will conduct their investigation accordingly.”

Matome Chiloane, Gauteng MEC for Education said: “This is concerning for us and we call for patience from parents while investigations are underway and learners are recovering.

“We implore learners to be vigilant about what they purchase and consume and be cautious of who they purchase food from.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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