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A farmer stands in his field of "Bhut jolokia," or "ghost chili" peppers at Changpool in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, Wednesday, July 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Five middle school kids were hospitalized after 40 ate one of the world's hottest peppers

We all drank, like, 10 cartons of milk.
Cody Schmidt, student

We've all dared our friends to eat something really spicy. So it's not too surprising that 40 students at Milton Union Middle School in Ohio did the same on Friday.

The problem is, they tried the Bhut Jolokia, one of the world's hottest peppers, according to the Independent. Five of the students were hospitalized, and police were called after more students got sick. 

The Bhut Jolokia (or "ghost pepper") has a Scoville rating of over 1 million units. That's the scale used to measure how spicy a food is. For reference, a jalapeƱo gets somewhere between 3,500 and 10,000, according to Nature

It was once the world's spiciest pepper, but the Carolina Reaper has held that spot since 2013, since it ranks at 1.57 million Scoville units.

It was definitely a disruption, and school disruptions are in our school code of conduct.
Brad Ritchey, school superintendent

The school is looking into whether the kids, who all ate the pepper voluntarily, should be punished. 

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