The incident was blamed on a 'ripple effect' of anxiety. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 frwl
A bizarre wave of anxiety caused several dozen pupils at a school in North Yorkshire to fall unconscious.
The incident, which occurred at Outwood academy in Ripon, made headline news after reports suggested that chemical fumes or a gas leak might have been making the students ill.
When fire crews and specialist hazardous substance teams attended the scene however it was quickly determined that no noxious chemicals were present and that the children had instead suffered a 'ripple effect’ of nausea and faintness.
"We were all in assembly for Remembrance Day and people were just passing out towards the end," said 15-year-old Joshua Hall who was present at the time of the incident. "It was pretty scary, it was talked about the whole day and it kept getting worse and worse."
One pupil was taken to hospital with minor injuries however the hysteria soon passed and everyone went on to make a full recovery.
"We are of the view the children just fainted and there was a ripple effect throughout the school," said Dave Winspear of the North Yorkshire fire service.
"More children felt anxiety and started to feel concerned and the thing escalated."
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