- - Friday, May 13, 2016

More than a dozen students at the Francis Scott Key Middle Schools in Montgomery County grew ill and were treated and/or hospitalized around noontime on Friday. The suspected culprit: a toxic combination of alcohol, cold medicine and candy.

Preliminary reports indicate the children drank a home-concocted brew.

“This was not a school activity,” Pete Piringer, spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, said. “It was, for lack of a better phrase, recreational.”

Authorities also said half-dozen students were taken to a local hospital, and no life-threatening injuries were reported.

In what appears to be an unrelated incident, nearly two dozen students visiting the nation’s capital from Westchester County, New York, fell ill.

Authorities suspect a stomach illness.

Students from Isaac Young Middle School apparently began vomiting Thursday evening, the second day of their three-day visit. The students were taken to a local hospital CBS reported from Westchester, and some of them were treated for dehydration.

The students are due back in Westchester Friday evening.

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