Six Luton Pupils Taken To Hospital

Six school children were rushed to hospital this morning after becoming unwell at the start of school.

Three ambulances were called to Lealands High School in Sundon Park Road in Luton and took the children to the Luton and Dunstable hospital.

The alarm was raised after one student went to the medical saying he was unwell.

A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance service said they were called to the 11 to 16 year old school at 8.34 this morning. She said: "Six children have been taken to the Luton and Dunstable hospital in three ambulances. At this stage we don't know what caused them to become ill."

The school referred reporters to Luton council who will issue a statement later.

It is not believed any are seriously ill.

16:50 Update:

John Burridge, Headteacher, Lealands High School, said: “Before arriving at school six students in their teens from different year groups appear to have become very unwell. We first became aware of this when one of these students attended the medical room on arrival at school. We immediately contacted the ambulance service and then it emerged that other students were suffering similar symptoms. The pupils were taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital for further assessment and care.

“At this stage we are not certain of the cause of their symptoms, however we understand from Bedfordshire Police that they believe the teenagers had taken a ‘legal high’ early in the morning before coming to school. We have advised all pupils about the incident and have offered support if they have any concerns, however we are not aware that any other students are affected.

“All pupils were discharged earlier today in the care of their parents.”

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