According to the school district, twelve elementary school children drank floor sealer believing it was milk after serving it to students at a child care program in Juneau, Alaska.
Students in a summer care program at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱-Glacier Valley Elementary School began complaining that the milk served to them as part of the program’s breakfast tasted bad and burned their stomachs. mouth and throat, Juneau School District said in a statement Wednesday.
Breakfast was served on trays by an outside contractor, NANA Management Services (NMS), around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday and the children brought their trays to a cafeteria table to eat, the district statement said. .
After the children complained of the burning sensation, school district and NMS personnel “immediately followed up smelling/tasting the milk and looking at the container/label,” the statement said. “It was discovered that the ‘milk’ served was actually a floor sealer resembling liquid milk. The staff immediately ordered the students to stop using the substance and removed it.
The site manager for RALLY, the summer care program, contacted poison control and alerted parents, the statement said, and “all steps prescribed by poison control were carefully followed.”
RALLY offers state-licensed child care for elementary school students ages 5 and up to 12 and is a partnership with the Juneau School District, according to neighborhood website.
One student received medical treatment at a nearby hospital and two other students were picked up from school “and may have gone to see a doctor,” the statement said.
The condition of these students and the nine other children was not included in the statement.
An investigation into how the incident occurred is ongoing and includes participation from the school district, NMS, the city and borough of Juneau and the Juneau Police Department, according to the statement, which does not specify who is leading the investigation.
In a separate statement sent Thursday, the NMS said it dispatched its security team to Juneau as soon as it became aware of the incident, “and officers are now on their way to Juneau.”
“We support the full investigation, looking at every contributing factor to determine exactly what happened. This process is critical to identifying potential security measures and implementing those security measures,” the NMS statement read.
CNN has contacted the Juneau School District and the Juneau Police Department for more information.