The Daily Mail is reporting that more than 300 pupils have fallen ill at a Chinese middle school after drinking contaminated water.
The pupils, who were hospitalised on October 21, studied at Zhangshi Middle School in Pingjiang County, southern China’s Hunan Province.
All classes at the school have been suspended while investigation is underway.
Most of the sick pupils study at the sixth, seventh and eighth grades at the school and have their meals at the school canteen. On Friday, many of them felt lack of strength and light-headed after suffering diarrhoea.
Four pupils have been diagnosed of dysentery. Samples collected from other students are still undergoing lab tests.
Earlier this year, China’s Ministry of Education ordered schools across the country to destroy all substandard running tracks at schools after hundreds of school children claimed to become ill due to toxic playgrounds.
The ministry had invited inspectors to check all newly-built synthetic tracks during the upcoming school break and remove substandard ones.
How could an incident like this have been avoided? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie