Are Some LeRoy Central Students Developing Tourette's Syndrome?

November 7, 2011 Updated Nov 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM EDT

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Are Some LeRoy Central Students Developing Tourette's Syndrome?

November 7, 2011 Updated Nov 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM EDT

LeRoy, N.Y.--( courtesy: 13WHAM ) 13WHAM News has learned that six female students in the LeRoy Central School District have developed symptoms similar to Tourette's Syndrome.

"This is my eighth or ninth day straight ticking and it just doesn't stop," says a 17-year-old senior at the LeRoy High School who has come down the mysterious illness.

13WHAM chose not to reveal the girl's identity, but she says the Tourette-like symptoms started randomly a few weeks ago after she woke up from a nap. Things have gotten so bad for the 17-year-old that she can no longer go to school and has to be tutored after hours.

"It's just a lot of pressure on my neck and makes my back sore," the teenager says about the mysterious condition that causes her head and neck to shake uncontrollably.

The teen has seen a neurologist, psychologist and had a number of tests done but no one can come up with a diagnosis for why she suddenly developed this problem.

"It's terribly scary because you don't know what's going on," says the girl's mom.

Genesee County Interim Health Director David Whitcroft said it is not considered a public health risk. But so far no one can figure out why a half dozen students at the school are suffering from tics and shaking.

A statement was posted on the district website Friday.

"We have had some questions about a group of students in our District that have developed what appears to be Tourette-like symptoms. We are taking this issue seriously and we are working closely with students, their parents and medical professionals to determine the facts of these symptoms and to determine their cause. We ask the community to respect their privacy and the privacy of their families as we progress though our investigation. The safety and well-being of all students and staff in the District is of utmost importance. Parents with questions should call their school principals," said Kim Cox, Superintendent.

During a phone conversation Friday, Cox called it an "isolated situation."

13WHAM News has learned at least one student has been forced to stay home due to the symptoms.

The State Health Department and School District are investigating the situation.