28 Middle School Students Fall Ill After Eating Valentine's Day Candy

February 15, 2019

Twenty-eight students at an Atlanta-area middle school fell ill and were taken to a nearby hospital this week after eating Valentine's Day candy and treats. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Sandtown Middle School students started feeling “nauseated and disoriented,” said Cliff Jones, the district’s chief academic officer. “When students began reporting their symptoms, we partnered with local municipalities to immediately get them medical attention as quickly as possible." School district police also do "not yet have a determination of what led to the students feeling ill,” he added. Food samples and are also being tested, while epidemiologists from the Fulton County Board of Health are investigating.