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Mystery as 11 primary school students fall ill after eating lollies on bus

The kids suffered severe symptoms after sharing a bag of lollies that were reportedly given to them by the bus driver.

A group of children have been rushed to hospital after sharing a popular treat reportedly mixed with a “white substance” on a primary school bus.

Fifteen students travelling to Bluewater State School, north of Townsville, snacked on the lollies on Thursday morning before 11 of them were transferred for further treatment, according to the Townsville Bulletin. Others were assessed by paramedics at the scene.

The publication reports the kids fell ill and suffered from vomiting, diarrhoea and intestinal pain. It’s understood the bus has been declared a crime scene and Queensland Police are investigating.

Bluewater State School
The students were travelling to Bluewater State School on Thursday when they fell ill. Source: GoogleMaps

Paramedics were called to the school around 10am, with a text message sent to parents informing them of what occurred an hour and a half later, the publication said.

“This is to advise, a number of students have reported feeling unwell after eating lollies given to them by a bus driver before school this morning (Bus 7),” it reportedly read.

“We will be in contact with parents whose student is affected.”

School confirms 'incident'

Bluewater State School confirmed the “incident” in a statement on Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

“Bluewater State School holds the safety of students and staff as its highest priority. 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.

“The Queensland Police Service also attended and are investigating. 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.”

Yahoo News Australia has contacted Queensland Police and Queensland Ambulance Service for comment.

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