Rat Poison Incident At San Francisco School Not Accidental

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Martin Luther King Middle School in San Francisco. (CBS)

Martin Luther King Middle School in San Francisco. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A rat poison-eating incident that hospitalized several students at a San Francisco school last week was not accidental, according to school district officials.

Several students from Martin Luther King Academic Middle School were hospitalized as a precaution after eating the rat poison. None of the students showed any signs of being ill and were released the same day.

“The type of rat poison that the students consumed was not purchased by the district. It’s the type that can be purchased over the counter,” said School District Spokeswoman Gentle Blythe. “When the district does pest control we have a very strict pest management approach, where we have to notify parents 48-hours prior, and the pest control service provider is the only one allowed to handle the chemicals.”

Blythe says some students encouraged the others to try the poison, telling them it was candy.

District officials add that they banned most toxic pesticides in school back in 1998.

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