Nine Sheffield school children taken to hospital after false ecstasy rumours

Forge Valley Community School
Forge Valley Community School

Nine pupils at a Sheffield school have been taken to hospital after rumours mints they had eaten were actually ecstasy.

Paramedics and police were called to Forge Valley Community School in Malin Bridge at around 12.45pm this afternoon after one child felt unwell.

That child and a further eight were taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital as a precaution.

One parent who asked not to be named said there had been rumours amongst the children at the school that mints given out at the school had in fact been ecstasy.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said that it was established that the sweets were mints and that the rumours they were Class A drugs was “totally untrue.”

She added the incident was a “false alarm” and the children had been taken to hospital as a precaution.

Dale Barrowclough, head teacher at Forge Valley Community School said: “I would like to reassure parents that the excitable rumours that I am aware have been circulating this afternoon are just that – rumours.

“The facts of the matter are this.

“A pupil was taken to First Aid at school this morning displaying signs and symptoms of disorientation.

“Initial thoughts were that he had suffered a reaction to an unknown mint-type sweet.

“He and a small number of pupils who had also eaten the same sweets were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. The school’s safeguarding manager also attended the hospital.

“I have since been informed that the symptoms experienced by the one pupil were related to an ongoing medical condition and all other pupils were unaffected.”

One mother whose son was taken to hospital as a precaution spoke to The Star - she said: “The school were great in dealing with the incident and kept me updated along the way.”