The poor handling of children by paid care givers have now assumed worrisome dimension with the latest ugly attack on helpless children. At least 50 schoolchildren fell critically ill after eating muffins at a high school in Mokopane on Friday, Limpopo paramedics said.

“Reports from the scene said that approximately 50 learners had eaten the muffins and were feeling ill,”  Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman said.

He said the pupils vomited and had stomach cramps. Mother confesses to poisoning her children.

“The learners were assessed by paramedics and it was found that 20 of them needed to be taken to hospital,” Dollman added.

He said it was suspected that they may have had food poisoning and additional resources were requested to assist at the scene.