TWO pupils of a city school were rushed to hospital after taking a banned vitamin supplement as a dare.

The children in year 7 at Nunnery Wood High School were taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as a precaution, the school’s headteacher had said.

The children, aged 11 or 12, took the supplement pills on Friday morning. After it came to staff’s attention, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) were called.

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WMAS said paramedics arrived by ambulance at 10.54am and treated the two children at the Spetchley Road-based school, before taking them to hospital.

Steve Powell, headteacher of the school, said: “On Friday morning, staff identified two of our youngest students who had potentially taken a vitamin supplement as a dare.

“Although these students showed no symptoms, paramedics were called as a precaution.

“Paramedics advised the students’ parents to take them to A and E so that they could be monitored.

“I’m glad to say that the students are absolutely fine.”

The headteacher explained that what was taken was not a illegal street drug but a vitamin B supplement that is not licensed in this country, but legal elsewhere, and that had been bought online.

Mr Powell added the pupils were able to return to school yesterday.

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: “We have looked into this incident and no criminal offences were found. We are liaising with the school in relation to pupil safety going forward and to deter incidents of this nature from happening again."

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