Here's an update on the terrible tainted school lunch story in India from last week: Officials have begun a manhunt for the school's headmistress, Meena Kumari, who reportedly fled the school with her husband as soon as the children began vomiting. The poisoned food, which killed 23 school children and poisoned 25 others, was given out as part of a free lunch campaign for poor families.
Officials have now determined that the food and oil used in the deadly lunch were laced with monocrotophos, a very toxic compound found in insecticide and used for agricultural purposes. And it seems that Kumari might be partly to blame, at least according to the cook who prepared what turned out the be the fatal meal. Here's CNN with the disturbing details:
The cook, Manju Devi, was hospitalized after eating the food she prepared, doctors said. Devi told police that the headmistress did not heed her warning that the mustard oil used to prepare lunch looked and smelled bad. Instead, the headmistress insisted she continue preparing the meal, officials said.
Of course, if she did nothing wrong, Kumari still would have plenty of reason not to come forward: Most notably the anger and outrage on display by the town's residents, who torched police cars the day after the tragic incident and have made it clear they are eager for justice of some kind. The police have intensified their presence in the village and say they would be able to ensure Kumari's safety if she resurfaces, but such promises likely do little to allay her fears, regardless of her innocence or guilt.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
160 Countries Host Marches to Demand Action on Climate Change
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union