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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Haven principal on leave after witnessing students taking 'cinnamon challenge'

NEW HAVEN — The principal of Clinton Avenue School is on leave after students in the lunchroom experimented with a bizarre fad in which kids try to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon.

Thousands of YouTube videos available online show young people taking the “cinnamon challenge” and then erupting into fits of coughing, gasping for air and, in some cases, vomiting. One school in Pennsylvania banned open-top boots in part to keep students from bringing cinnamon to school for the challenge.

Clinton Avenue School Principal Carmen Ana Rodriguez reportedly witnessed a student or students take the “cinnamon challenge” at lunch and did not do anything to stop it, according to sources who did not want to be identified.

It is believed a student brought the cinnamon to school after seeing a video of other kids taking the so-called challenge. Read More