BOYTON BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) – Six Florida elementary school students needed medical attention after coming into contact with the Paqui “One Chip Challenge” snack on Wednesday, a father told NBC WPTV spoke with.
D’Anton Patrick told the news station that his son bought the chip at a Walgreens in Boyton Beach on Tuesday, but his mother found it and made him throw it away.
“It says on the packaging: Keep out of the reach of children. It says it is intended for adult consumption only. “Why are you all selling it to a 12-year-old kid?” Patrick told the TV station.
Patrick said his 10-year-old daughter picked up the tortilla chips from the trash and brought them to Forest Park Elementary School. Now she is suspended for a week.
The suspension letter states: “(Student’s name) brought an extremely hot chip ‘One Chip Challenge’ and some students had side effects and were sent to the nurse, six students were involved.”
“I’m worried about the six children because they ate the chip,” Patrick told WPTV. “It could have been a younger child, 2-3 years old, imagine eating the chip.”
Angela Cruz Ledford, a spokeswoman for the school district, told the news station that to protect student privacy, the district does not want to disclose information about possible medical situations.
She said the safety and well-being of students is the school district’s top priority.
Patrick told the news station that he wants companies like Walgreens to require ID before selling the chip.
“There have to be restrictions on things like this, especially if they harm children,” Patrick said.
In a statement to WPTV, Walgreens said the product would be removed from its stores.
Paqui announced that it has pulled its One Chip Challenge products from shelves while officials in Massachusetts investigate the cause of Paqui’s death a 14 year old boy who ate one of the spicy chips hours before his death.