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Posted at 1:26 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Brownies may have made kids ill

By Washington Post Editors

Update, 1:25 pm.: It appears brownies are to blame for six students being transported to the hospital from Potomac High School in Oxon Hill on Thursday afternoon, fire officials said.

The students ate the brownies sometime before 11 a.m., and paramedics were soon called by someone reporting that the students were having an "allergic reaction," said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS department. He said paramedics "quickly ruled that out" as the students reported "not necessarily feeling sick, but different." He said their breathing and heart rates were rapid.

Of the seven or eight students who initially reported symptoms, six were taken to an area hospital, Brady said. He said paramedics took a sample of the brownie with them so hospital officials could test it and turned over another sample to the county police.

"They were going to assist in the investigation as to where the brownies originated from and what was in them," he said. He said he did not know how long testing would take.

Tanzi West Barbour, a Prince George's schools spokeswoman, said the incident appeared to be "isolated" to one group of students, but she declined to provide any details. She said school was dismissed without incident just before 1 p.m. because of the weather.

West confirmed that the students were sickened by ingested food, which she said was not provided by the school cafeteria.

Original post: Seven students at Potomac High School in Prince George's County are being treated by paramedics after falling suddenly ill or having an allergic reaction to some type of food product, fire officials said in a news release.

The incident occurred just before 11 a.m. at the school in Oxon Hill. Mark Brady, a Fire/EMS spokesman, said the students were being "prepared for transport to a local hospital" for additional treatment.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 16, 2010; 1:26 PM ET
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Comments

Would that food product be meth?

Posted by: kinkysr | December 16, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

hash brownies used to make me feel "different!!

Posted by: BRIANSWARTZ | December 16, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Actually, with those symptoms, it sounds more like marijuana. Alice B. Toklas lives!

Posted by: Ed_DC | December 16, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

This is an example of Dr. William Hites Jr bad and failed leadership in PG County public schools. Dr. Hites is corruption itself who knows the food might have been bought at a throw away price somewhere.

Posted by: childrenalways1st | December 16, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

There is also a lot of corruption in Prince George's county public schools involving procurement of food, equipment etc in several fronts. Several managers and administrators are involved in corruption and the superintendent knows it and has been covering things up. Remember the same superintendent was not selected in a transparent manner as there was no competitive open national search.

Posted by: childrenalways1st | December 16, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

There is also a lot of corruption in Prince George's county public schools involving procurement of food, equipment etc in several fronts. Several managers and administrators are involved in corruption and the superintendent knows it and has been covering things up. Remember the same superintendent was not selected in a transparent manner as there was no competitive open national search.

Posted by: childrenalways1st | December 16, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Dear childrenalways1st, people might actually listen to if you showed you read and COMPREHENDED an article. The article SPECIFICALLY states the brownies were NOT purchased at the cafeteria, so it's not the fault of the school system.(This was stated in the update posted BEFORE your stupid ranting) It's probably a student or parent who made the brownies- unles they purchased them at a bake sale. Isn either event, not anything to do with the school sysyem or its cafeteria.

Posted by: barbaramusser | December 16, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I wonder what could have been in these brownies. Let's go listen to Pink Floyd.

Posted by: awiseman1 | December 16, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Looks like someone put a little greenery in the Christmas brownies and left out the WRONG batch. Ruh-Roh! Sounds like some pretty decent greenery! Could it have been holly, some nice blue spruce, or maybe a little BLACK HASH? Somewhere in Oxon Hill, someone of my generation is munching down and going "WTF?!?" Please follow this story WaPo. Classic!

Posted by: stopthemadness | December 16, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Dear barbaramusser,

You don't have to listen to me. The truth is the truth. There is a lot of corruption in the school system. People who work there know the truth. We know of schools were kids are eating unhealthy foods besides other things. The school system is a mess under this Dr. William Hite Jr. He should resign.

Posted by: childrenalways1st | December 16, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

There is a lot of corruption besides kids bringing their own foods from outside. Corruption is corruption and it begins in schools - then spreads to other sectors.

Posted by: childrenalways1st | December 16, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like someone may have accidentally taken Mommy and Daddy's "special" brownies to school. Duuuude... they're going to be SO unhappy about that. Totally not cool, man.

Posted by: Irato | December 17, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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