Silver Lake school garden shut down after students get sick


SILVER LAKE — Students at Micheltorena Elementary School became ill and one child was taken to a hospital after eating vegetables grown in a community garden on the school’s property, reports CBS 2.

The community garden has been closed, and parents told CBS2 said that they were notified that”several” students got sick. One parent who took his child to Children’s Hospital told ABC 7 that his son and other students got sick after being given mushrooms from the garden.

Superintendent, Michelle King wrote in a statement, “Our thoughts are with these children and their families as we await more information on their condition.” King said the district’s  Office of Environmental Health and Safety team is investigating.

The district has also ordered a review of all school and community gardens throughout the district.

—  By Lucy Guanuna

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  1. I sure hope the kids get better soon and they figure out how this could happen. It is unusual to get sick from a vegetable. I really wonder how this happened. I also hope this does not stifle future schools from having gardens as it is a great learning experience, as long as we can keep them safe.

    • People get sick from vegetables all the time. Vegetables are the number one vector for foodbourne illness. You can get E.coli, listeria, and even norovirus from contaminated vegies. The risk is even greater when you have kids that might not wash their hands very well after going to he bathroom and then come out to water the garden.

  2. So it ended up being a mushroom, Amanita pantherina. There is no excuse for feeding that mushroom to anyone. It has classic Amanita spots and doesn’t look like anything you would find around here that could be even edible raw.

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