Breaking: Mystery illness gives 12 girls at same school Tourette’s-like symptoms of tics and verbal outbursts (video)

Mystery illness gives 12 girls at same school Tourette’s-like symptoms of tics and verbal outbursts

Doctors and school administrators will not disclose cause of illness
Parents worried and not satisfied with how issue is being handled
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A mysterious disorder which exhibits symptoms similar to Tourette’s syndrome has affected twelve female students at the same high school.

Administrators said on Wednesday night that all of the students affected at LeRoy High School, in New York, have been diagnosed and are being treated but they would not disclose exactly what they think the cause is.

The students are said to all be suffering from verbal outbursts and involuntary twitches.

Tourette’s syndrome affects the body’s brain and nervous system by causing tics – repeated, uncontrollable movements or involuntary vocal sounds.

School administrators have insisted it is not a case of mass hysteria and that none of the girls are making the illness or symptoms up.

On Wednesday night the school held a forum for concerned parents. About 150 people attended, demanding to know what was wrong with the students.

Dr Greg Young, with the NYS Department of Health, said: ‘I can assure you these children have all been seen by professionals that have come up with answers and they are all being treated and they’re actually doing pretty well.’

He revealed that tics like this can be caused by a number of factors such as genetics, head trauma, drugs for ADHD and OCD and antihistamines.

Through tests over the last few months, they have been able to rule out a number of environmental factors, infections, illegal drugs and carbon monoxide poisoning.

According to, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta has been consulted, along with Columbia University, as well as the Genesee County Health Department and the New York State Health Department.

Dr Young assured parents that these cases have been seen nationwide and they come and go in individuals.

He said that stress and anxiety can make them worse.

But most parents were left frustrated due to HIPAA (federal health privacy laws) which meant the doctors were limited in telling them what was causing the symptoms.

Because of this and the limited number of cases in the small community, Dr Young said their hands were tied as they cannot comment on children’s diagnosis.

He said some of the students were already showing signs of improvement

Father of one of the students Jim DuPont said he is not satisfied with what the doctors or school administrators have told him.

He said his 17-year-old daughter has missed almost every day of school in the last month.

‘Now she has to be tutored,’ he told ‘And I worry about her future. She’s only 17. She can’t even drive now.

‘It’s heartbreaking because you know her normal mannerisms.’

He said his daughter is being treated by a neurologist, but still hasn’t received a diagnosis.

‘I’m talking about something that comes on in just a couple of weeks. These kids are totally normal, and the next thing you know their arms are swinging and they can’t control themselves.’


3 responses to “Breaking: Mystery illness gives 12 girls at same school Tourette’s-like symptoms of tics and verbal outbursts (video)

  1. I there any chance that they got the cervical cancer prevention shot. Girls in Texas had similar symptoms when they started giving that shot to girls at school.

  2. Danah Baron

    After what I’ve been through, which was quite similar I have no doubt it must be lyme. There is lots of information out there look at ILADS or Dr. Klinghardt. I hope these parents have looked into it.

  3. Shirley Fawcett

    Among the countless symptoms which make up my own case of Lyme disease, episodes of involuntary movements and sounds or speech have been some of the more unusual ones. And I am not alone in this; some other Lyme sufferers have also talked about their own ‘losses of voluntary control’ from time to time, particularly when under stress of some kind such as the presence of a strong emotion. Others describe uncontrollable shaking; one woman’s husband is unable to share the bed with her because she shakes so much during her sleep.

    But does the medical community recognise these kinds of symptoms as falling under the banner of Lyme disease? Does it even acknowledge the existence of chronic Lyme disease, let alone treat it? Does it heck!!!!! I have had to sell my house to pay for private treatment, and still I am not well. Just sicker, more bitter, and poorer. Better get some real help for those schoolgirls QUICKLY; they do NOT want to end up like me!