July 17th, 2013
09:08 AM ET

Tainted school lunch kills 22 kids

At least 22 schoolchildren died in northeastern India after eating free school lunches that contained a poison, a state official said.

More than 25 others have been hospitalized in Bihar state, said Education Minister P.K. Shahi, after ingesting an insecticide that was in the food.

The poison was organophosphorous, a chemical that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is commonly used in agriculture.


Filed under: Education • India
soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    Insecticides and preservatives are the cause of a great deal of illnesses. Some of them lasting a lifetime.Time to put a ban on them.

    July 17, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

      Can you say the word "sanitation"(sani-ta-shun).

      July 17, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    wonder of wonders an update on TJI.
    good morning folks.
    What a horrible tragedy. And what some insecticides and pesticides are doing to the food chain especially in developing countries would perhaps be never known.

    July 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    what a horror story...cafeteria workers have reputation for torturing children...

    July 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. USMC1371

    What law did he break?????? None so get over it.

    July 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anantha

    Bihar is a densely populated ethnic melting pots of Sikhs, Hindi, and Muslims. If this was one group targeting another, it will erupt violently quickly. Melting pots are over rated. Look at Sanford, Florida.

    July 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    he'sah murderer and no one need fla laws, inept jurors to certify otherwised...even the civic assoc settled he'sah murderer...his wife perjured the courts...this is a household that has no regard for the court or law...even people in syria knows he is guilty

    July 17, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Agreed @ Rascal. And i cant believe hes walkin around free. Wierd they only have 6 jurors in florida also!

    July 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BOMBO

    Organophosphates are a class of a large number of compounds, not one compound. And it would take a very large amount to kill a person, not to mention 22 kids. There's something else going on here.

    July 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I see how a career educator could make that error. "Organophosphorous," considering the word's components, would probably be phosphates for use in food or food preparation, and, as an additional quality, organic and therefore especially healthy for the children. Yes...organic phosphates.

    July 18, 2013 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rascal Rabble

    imagine the applications here!
    ...organophosphate the coffee pot in the teacher's lounge and powder up some their jelly donuts: disgruntle, fired worker, disciplined students, bored thrill seeker stick to laxatives please...shouldn't store poison/insecticides in the kitchen much less next to food sources...and why would you pick on the free lunch kids?

    July 18, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    It was a terrible tragedy and i sure hope if foul play is determined the perps get the maximum and if it was negligence or accident even then the law should come down heavily on those responsible.

    July 18, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Emily

    Wooo. That's pretty sad. I bet all of you were upset. Some kids are dad allergic to peanuts and stuff.

    July 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrissy

      @ Emily. Yes we were very upset. The teacher was absent for a month.

      July 27, 2013 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. dazzle ©

    Other news sources especially in the UK are reporting that the cafeteria cook reported that the oil for cooking was not right and the school head did nothing about it. I am eager to see the outcome of this. Parents send their precious children to school and they die.

    July 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rupert

    This is a serious story@ chrissy. Stop clowning around. I read your peanut butter story and i got all choked up. No pun intended.

    July 18, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Zandie

    Stop it rupert. Sad story chrissy. Sorry about Pam.

    July 18, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
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