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Montgomery County school aid gave 4th graders pet treats

A part-time aide at Upper Frederick elementary school in New Hanover, Montgomery County, served pet treats to dozens of fourth-grade students Thursday and may have told them the food was cookies or crackers.

Large dog bowl. Credit: Wiki Commons. Large dog bowl. Credit: Wiki Commons.

A part-time aide at Upper Frederick elementary school in New Hanover, Montgomery County, served pet treats to dozens of fourth-grade students Thursday and may have told them the food was cookies or crackers.

Reuters reported on Saturday that it was unclear how many children ate the treats and why they were served. The aide was placed on leave.

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In a statement, Boyertown Schools Superintendent Richard Faidley said the product wasn't harmful, "With the exception for those individuals with specific food allergies."

Beth Smith, a dietician at CHOP, said if there was a serious allergy concern, "It would have been an issue at time of consumption," she said. "But it's always a concern for parents. ... you want to know who's giving them what and you want to be sure it's people food and not dog food."

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