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Letter to Families-One Chip Challenge

Important Message

This is an important notice to students, parents, and guardians regarding the “Paqui One  Chip” social media challenge. Students across the nation have been hospitalized as a result  of a reaction to the extremely high SHU (Scoville heat unit) measurements of this chip.  Recently, LPSS students required medical attention due to taking part in this social media  challenge.  

According to National Poison Control Center “The Paqui One Chip Challenge is a social media challenge that involves the consumption of a spicy tortilla chip. The chip contains capsaicin, a compound found naturally in chili peppers. Capsaicin consumption typically causes mouth and throat pain, but can also result in more serious health problems, esophageal damage, chest pain, heart palpitations, and even heart attacks.  

The Paqui chip company’s disclaimer states that the chip “should not be ingested by individuals who are sensitive to spicy foods, allergic to peppers, nightshades, or capsaicin, or who are minors, pregnant or have medical conditions." 

Participation in this challenge is a serious health and safety concern for our students, and  because of this, Paqui hot chips are banned from all LPSS school campuses and  facilities, effective immediately. Students in possession of this chip, those who provide  the chip to others, and those who participate in the challenge while on school grounds, on  buses, or at LPSS-sponsored activities will face disciplinary action which may include  suspension as outlined in the LPSS 2022-2023 Student/Parent Handbook.  

We urge parents and guardians to speak with their children about the dangers of  participating in the Paqui One Chip Challenge, as well as other potentially harmful internet  challenges. Parents and guardians are also urged to routinely monitor and be aware of their  children's social media and online activities. Talk to your child about being “social media  responsible”. Discuss the serious consequences that can result from making poor choices.  Encourage them to not participate in any challenge that is potentially dangerous to their  health and well-being, or to the health and well-being of others.  

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