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Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School (Credit: Chicago Public Schools website)

Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School (Credit: Chicago Public Schools website)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Some students at a South Side high school became ill on Wednesday, after eating school lunches that had been contaminated with rat droppings.

Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Marielle Sainvilus confirmed “a couple” kids got sick at Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School, 7740 S. Ingleside Av., after eating hot school lunches.

Initially, there was a rumor that the food had been contaminated with rat poison, but Sainvilus said officials believe the food contained rat droppings.

“When the problem was brought to our attention, we took immediate steps to close the kitchen and to provide the students with cold lunches,” Sainvilus said in an email.

After school is over on Friday, pest control will be at Hirsch to address the problem.

“Throughout the weekend, we will be at the school to ensure the problem has been fully eradicated, and that the kitchen will back in operation before the start of school on Monday,” Sainvilus said.

The sick students were expected to be okay.

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