ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A dozen children and two adults were served floor sealant instead of milk at a daycare summer program at an Alaska elementary school after containers were apparently mixed up, the school district superintendent said Wednesday.’
Several students complained of burning sensations in their mouths and throats, and at least one child was treated at a hospital after the Tuesday morning incident in Juneau, Superintendent Bridget Weiss said.
Juneau police are leading the investigation of how the mix-up occurred, “not really because we believe there’s anything criminal or mal-intent at this point, but we do want a thorough investigation of what happened, how it happened, and they’re trained investigators,” Weiss said.
The incident happened while students in the daycare program at Sitʼ Eeti Shaanáx̱-Glacier Valley Elementary in Alaska’s capital city were served breakfast. The program is for kids ages 5 to 12.
All food items, including milk from a dispenser, were provided by a contractor and served by staff. The breakfast items were put on trays, which students took to tables to eat.
Shortly after, children began complaining that the milk tasted bad and caused burning sensations in their mouths and throats.
After the school district and contract personnel looked at the container label, it was discovered the clear plastic bag of milk that had been placed in the dispenser was actually a floor sealant that resembled the milk.