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BUBBLE GUM SUSPECTED IN CLASSROOM ILLNESSES

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Eleven pupils were stricken with stomach cramps and nausea Friday, and authorities tried to learn if they were sickened by bubble gum a student handed out.

Two girls were admitted to Lee Hospital in Johnstown, where they were listed in serious condition. The nine other fifth- and sixth-graders were treated and released.A doctor who came to Black Lick Valley Elementary Center examined about 25 other students who had chewed the gum, and their parents took them home, said Principal Kenneth Martinazzi.

All of the sickened students were believed to have chewed gum that was distributed by a sixth-grader on a school bus and a playground before classes, Martinazzi said. It wasn't immediately known if that student also became ill.

Authorities planned to test the gum and remove it from a store in nearby Johnstown, where it was purchased, said a spokesman for the state Department of Health.