Six pupils taken to A&E in poison plant scare

Gazette: Six pupils taken to A&E in poison plant scare Six pupils taken to A&E in poison plant scare

Six children were taken to A&E after playing with a potentially poisonous plant on their school field.

The pupils at Parsons Heath Primary School in Templewood Road were taken to Colchester General Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

One of the pupils had managed to pull down a branch of ivy that had grown above the school boundary fence and the incident was reported to a teacher.

The Royal Horticultural Society includes Ivy on the UK’s hazardous plant list and describes it as “somewhat poisonous and a skin irritant.”

It says children are most at risk of ingesting the plant and that the sap or allergens can cause a reaction.

It advises anyone who has eaten part of a plant to seek medical advice at A&E.

Headteacher Sheena Clover said: “Basically we put children’s safety first."

See today's paper for the full story. 

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3:35pm Mon 10 Feb 14

catflap1 says...

total overreaction
total overreaction catflap1
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3:51pm Mon 10 Feb 14

mirokou says...

catflap1 wrote:
total overreaction
Couldn't agree more what a pathetic risk averse society we 're becoming…What next stinging nettles , thorn bushes...
[quote][p][bold]catflap1[/bold] wrote: total overreaction[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more what a pathetic risk averse society we 're becoming…What next stinging nettles , thorn bushes... mirokou
  • Score: 15

9:52pm Mon 10 Feb 14

colcestrian says...

The actual published article states that the headteacher warns all the children not too touch anything they do not know what it is they are touching, so will the pupil that ignored this warning and caused this issue be disciplined ? Glad they all ok tho
The actual published article states that the headteacher warns all the children not too touch anything they do not know what it is they are touching, so will the pupil that ignored this warning and caused this issue be disciplined ? Glad they all ok tho colcestrian
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