High School Band Accidentally Sprayed with Pesticide

Students reported coughing, sneezing and rashes after "freak accident"

by KHOU | August 8, 2014


A pilot’s mistake caused more than 350 members of the Pearland High school marching band to be doused with pesticide.

According to the Pearland ISD, the band students were outside around 8 a.m. Thursday when the Brazoria County Mosquito Control District airplane flew over the school and sprayed the practice lot with pesticide.

The school called EMS and sent the students home. They were told to shower for 25 minutes, change clothes and wash all instruments.

“It was pretty much right over us,” said Pearland band member Karleigh Fletcher. “I was just surprised, if it was really pesticide, why would they be doing it over 300 kids?”While there were no serious injuries, some students reported coughing, sneezing and rashes.

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