The Chain Poisoning in Girls' Schools and Universities in Iran

Zhaleh Sahand

The Chain Poisoning in Girls' Schools and Universities in Iran



All Happens in Iran, is Either Orchestrated by the Iranian Regime Itself or by Its Zealous Apparatus in Full Force


The Scope of Chemical Poisoning in Girls’ Schools

The Iranian university students have experienced several food poisonings that occurred in a number of universities in Iran, such as in Isfahan University of Technology, and later on in Tehran’s Al-Zahra University,  Kharazmi University, and Arak university, in November of 2022. All in which the government reported to be caused by water-borne germs and a bacteria called shigellosis, a claim rejected by the student union, believing students were intentionally poisoned to end their three-day strike against the regime.

The poisoning of students not only targeted the university students but was also spread to the elementary and middle schools, and in several cases to boys’ schools in the form of chemical attacks.

The very first case of chemical poisoning was reported on November 30, 2022, about 18 female students in Noor Girls' Conservatory, located in the city of Qom. These students experienced numbness in their hands, feet, and shortness of breath. Again in the same school some days later, 51 other students experienced the same symptoms and were taken to the hospital. The next case of poisoning happened in Ahmadiyeh school in Boroujard, sending 82 school girls with the same symptoms to the hospital on February 22. The school was closed for several days and when students returned, 44 new students were poisoned and sent to the hospital again. 

The poisoning of the school girls has rapidly spread to  58 schools [1] in more than 30 cities in 17 provinces of Iran, such as  Tehran, Isfahan, Ilam, Qom, West Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan, Hamedan, and Lorestan.  It is reported that on  Sunday, March 5, 700 students in Khuzestan province have been poisoned in the cities of Ahwaz, Ramhormoz, Mahshahr, Omidiyeh, Sarbandar, and Abadan.

The reports say that all students had neurologic, respiratory, and cardial symptoms, and the guardian in its last report has said “Officials from the education department have claimed that at least some of the girls who have fallen ill have a form of “mass hysteria.”[2]

Some experts believe that Organophosphate has been used in poisoning of the students. The short term effects of Organophosphate is altered sensorium, nausea, vomiting, with the long term issues such as infertility and cancers. Guardian has said “Iranian human rights groups have said at least 7,068 students have been affected in a minimum of 103 schools. Attacks have been recorded in at least 99 cities out of 28 provinces of the country. The highest number of recorded attacks on one day was 81 attacks.” [3]


The Sentiments of the Iranian Parents, People, and Processive Groups Against the Current

The Iranian regime’s silence and dismissiveness towards the incidents of poisonings for over two months, has had a devastating effects on parents and the whole society as everyone was seeking an answer to both understand and prevent all these life threatening occurrences, while the government blamed the foreign countries and the natural causes, but itself.

As a result, the Coordinating Council of Iranian Teachers’ Trade Associations (CCITTA) issued a call for a day of action on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, emphasizing “The purpose of this gathering is to put an end to the insecurity prevalent in schools, particularly all-girls schools, exemplified by the blatant violence that threatens the safety and well-being of students and teachers through the "serial poisoning" method, causing parents to experience heightened worry and anxiety.

Those responsible for these events should understand that students are the red line for teachers, and we as active and retired teachers will not leave our children alone in such painful circumstances.”[4]

The devasted parents who have responded to this call in all effected cities, demanded safety and security for their children and loved ones, and as reports and videos show, some of them have physically been assaulted and arrested by the security forces.


What The Iranian Magazines, Reports, and the Iranian Regime Say

Three months after the ongoing chemical attacks on the Iranian school girls, the Iranian regime has finally reported that a radical group called Fadaiyan Velayat has taken responsibility for these serial poisoning of the school girls. [5] The group has threatened that if girls' schools are not going to be closed, they will spread the poisoning of girls throughout the schools in Iran. Ali Khamenei, for the first time has also said “If the poisoning of the students is proven, the perpetrators must be severely punished and there will be no amnesty for them.”[6]

It was on March 7, 2023, that Guardian has reported that “Iran has announced the first arrests connected to a spate of suspected poisonings of schoolgirls that has gripped the country. Based on the intelligence and research measures of the intelligence agencies, a number of people have been arrested in five provinces and the relevant agencies are conducting a full investigation.”[7]

The Moral Conclusion

The Iranian Islamic regime's investigations on and response to the well proven poisoning cases, neither will be persuasive nor true; sordid, like all other responses it offered in 44 years. The Iranian Islamic regime has been planted in the region to staunchly, bloodily, and rabidly defend capitalism in Iran at any expenses, and it is itself that must be held accountable for all the calamities that befall people of Iran at this juncture in time and in history, and it is only its departure from this monstrous reign that can guarantee safety, security, and prosperity in shadow of socialism from below for the people of Iran and a socialist Middle East in perspective.