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Aide suspended for giving students dog treats

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NEW HANOVER, Penn. (NBC) - A Pennsylvania school aide won't be back in the classroom any time soon. She's been suspended for convincing fourth graders to eat treats made for pets.

The preteen whose family wanted to keep his identity hidden is one of dozens of kids school officials say were served what they thought was a normal cookie on Thursday during recess at New Hanover Upper Frederick Elementary by a school lunch aide.

Friday morning, school officials told parents their children were served dog treats. In an email sent home, officials said the treats came from a pet store.

A statement from the superintendent confirmed that approximately 75 fourth graders in this school were handed those treats during a recess. It also said that the part time aide has been placed on administrative leave and was acting alone.

"I was upset that the one that we are supposed to trust in school and us supposed to care for us would do that to us," said Lynn McGuckin, a parent and former lunch aide.

District officials said no illnesses have been reported and they are investigating.

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