Police are investigating after 14 primary school children ingested an unknown substance believed to be in a lolly shared around on a school bus.
Queensland Ambulance paramedics were called to Bluewater State School on Buckby St, Bluewater, in Far North Queensland at 10.10am on Thursday after reports multiple children were suffering from minor illness symptoms.
Speaking outside the school, Townsville Senior Sergeant Jonathan Searle told reporters the bus was being examined and the bus driver was “part of our investigation at the moment”.
The children were vomiting, had diarrhoea and intestinal pain, a spokesman for Queensland Ambulance Service said.
The children allegedly ate a lolly while on the school bus that has caused them to become sick, according to The Courier Mail.
Six children were taken to Townsville Hospital in stable conditions to be treated for minor illness symptoms.
The students from Bluewater State School fell ill after eating a substance. Picture: Google Maps
A Queensland Police Service spokeswoman told NCA NewsWire that police were assisting the Department of Education and Queensland Health with the investigation into what caused the children to become sick.
She said early information indicates the children were all on the same morning bus, which is being examined.
“From my understanding the children started presenting symptoms within 10-15 minutes of arriving at school,” Sergeant Searle said.
“The children were all on the same morning bus. In my 18 years of service, this is the first time I’ve ever heard of an investigation of this nature.”
Other children on the bus who didn’t require further hospital treatment remained at the school under observation.
Bluewater State School announced on Thursday the school was taking appropriate measures following the health scare.
“Bluewater State School holds the safety of students and staff as its highest priority,” the school wrote on its Facebook page.
“The department is aware of an incident that occurred today at Bluewater State School which required the assistance of emergency services.
“School staff acted quickly to attend to the students while the Queensland Ambulance Service and parents were contacted.
“Due to privacy issues the department is unable to provide any further information.
“Guidance or counselling services are being made available for anyone who may require support.”