18 Students Hospitalized After Getting Double Dog Dared To Drink Milk With Hot Sauce, Carrots And Salt
Eighteen students at a San Diego elementary school were hospitalized Thursday after drinking milk stuffed with all sorts of disgusting foods."A group of kids, on a dare, said, 'How many things can you put in your milk and keep it down?' So in went the salt, pepper, hot sauce, carrots and whatever they could find," Jack Brandais, spokesman for the San Diego Unified School District, told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
You can guess how that ended: the revolting mixture made the students nauseous and a few of them even threw up.
The county public health department and school district investigated the incident at Audubon Elementary School just to make sure it wasn't something more serious like tainted food, and the cafeteria was shut down and sanitized. Teachers erred on the side of caution and asked anyone who felt sick to come forward. Twenty-two fourth-graders altogether complained that they weren't feeling so well that day, and 18 students ended up at the hospital. But the district suspects some of the students weren't sick at all but were having "sympathy pains." Everyone except two students were back in class on Friday.
The district hasn't said whether or how the students who participated might be punished—although the dare itself sounds like punishment enough.
The lesson learned by the district? "Fourth-graders will be fourth-graders," Brandais told the Union-Tribune.