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Tuesday, May 06 2014 09:33 AM

Lemon juice, not pesticides, dropped on school

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    By Henry A. Barrios/ The Californian

    Fairfax Middle School

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BY LAUREN FOREMAN Californian staff writer lforeman@bakersfield.com

A doused pesticide threat sparked a wave of social media activity Tuesday morning when a Fairfax Middle School teacher thought pesticides were being dropped on the 1500 S. Fairfax Road campus.

But the dust floating in the air turned out to be better makings for tea than alarm.

The dust was actually the result of lemon juice and honey dropped on a nearby organic onion field.

"Everything was resolved in just about 45 minutes," said Michael Coleman, superintendent of the Fairfax School District.

The teacher, who arrived at the Fairfax Middle School campus, called police at about 7:30 a.m. when he saw dust in the air and smelled a scent he thought might be pesticides.

The building shelters about 100 children, according to a Kern County Fire Department news release. None were injured.

Coleman said students were contained indoors in the gym and cafeteria untill authorities confirmed at about 8:15 a.m. that a pesticide threat did not exist.

"That's all been resolved," Coleman said.

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