A mysterious incident has taken place at a school in Ripon,
Yorkshire. Yesterday at , all six hundred pupils at the were in the hall taking part in an Armistice Day service
when some of them began to faint. Up to forty children in all were affected;
many others also complained of severe nausea. A year eight student described
how the young attendees began throwing up on the floor and then some
spontaneously fell to the ground together "... like dominoes." There
was chaos and the teachers evacuated the hall. The children were led out into
the open air because the cause was suspected to be some kind of gas or chemical
in the air. Ambulances and fire engines attended and treated a number of pupils
at the scene; none of them were admitted to hospital. The school day went ahead
as normal, but some of the students still complained of feeling unwell. There
was a dramatic scene as some of the parents went to the school to make sure
their children were alright and the school was placed under
"lockdown". The teachers could have been concerned that the kids had
caught some kind of infection and they didn't want then to spread it, but
reports don't make their motives clear. The fire brigade's hazardous materials
team checked out the area but could find no trace of any contamination. Dave
Winspear, a spokesman for the emergency services, said: "The interior of the school was a hot place and some children had
become overwhelmed... We are of the view the children just fainted and there
was a ripple effect throughout the school." Source: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/several-students-collapse-at-yorkshire-school/ar-CCfeOS?li=AAaeUIW&ocid=mailsignoutmd.
What I find strange about this case is that it is very similar to the
Hollinwell Incident of July 1980, which I discuss here: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-hollinwell-incident.html.
There has also been a more recent event of this kind in Outwood Academy Japan, see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/the-japanese-hollinwell.html.
As I explain in these background links, I am not convinced by the mass-hysteria
theory. The absence of any other explanation like chemicals, gas, disease etc, doesn't
automatically make mass-hysteria more likely. As with Hollinwell, I suspect
this case in Ripon will remain unsolved for now.