(NaturalNews) More than 350 members of a Texas high school’s marching band were sent home and told to thoroughly shower and sanitize their instruments after a plane flying overhead doused them with pesticides. Reports indicate that the students, who attend Pearland High School near Houston, were outside practicing when a city plane flew by, dumping chemicals meant for mosquito extermination.
According to reports, the incident happened around 8 a.m. on August 7, when a plane from the Brazoria County Mosquito Control District (BCMCD) flew over a parking lot next to the school’s football stadium. When administrators figured out what was going on, they told band members to go inside. But it was too late, as the toxins had already been released.
“It was pretty much right over us,” said Pearland band member Karleigh Fletcher to KHOU 11 News. “I was just surprised, if it was really pesticide, why would they be doing it over 300 kids?”
The pilot of the plane claims that he didn’t see the children in the lot, and BCMCD quickly tried to save face by claiming that the pesticide was “low level,” meaning that it isn’t particularly harmful. At the same time, the school called emergency medical services and sent all the children home anyway, instructing them to take 25-minute showers and to carefully clean their instruments.
Written by: Ethan A. Huff
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