A police investigation has been launched after group of school children were served a floor sealant chemical instead of milk.
12 kids drank the substance thinking it was milk whilst on a summer childcare programme at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx-Glacier Valley Elementary School in Alaska, US.
Juneau School District said in a statement on Wednesday (June 15) that the students complained the milk tasted strange before their mouths and throats began to burn.
The incident occurred on Tuesday (June 14) as they were served breakfast on trays by outside contractor NANA Management Services (NMS).
School and NMS staff “immediately followed up by smelling/tasting the milk and looking at the container/label” following the students’ complaints.
“It was found that the ‘milk’ served was actually a floor sealant resembling liquid milk. Staff immediately directed students to stop consuming the substance and removed it,” the statement read.
The site manager for summer childcare programme RALLY then contacted poison control and alerted the parents.
“All steps provided by poison control were carefully followed,” said the school district.
One of the children was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Two others, who were picked up from the school, “may have gone to seek medical advice”.
There was no update on the current condition of any of the students as of Wednesday.
Juneau Police Department Lt. Krag Campbell told KINY in an email that police were investigating the matter.
He said: “I can confirm that JPD is investigating an incident that occurred earlier in the day at Glacier Valley School.
“Although JPD is investigating this incident, there isn’t information that would show this is a criminal investigation at this time. We are just trying to determine what happened.”
The school district’s statement said they, NMS and the city of Juneau were aiding the investigation.
Today (June 16) NMS confirmed it dispatched its safety team to Juneau, adding that “leadership are en route to Juneau now”.
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