Not since godzilla stalked out of Japan to terrorize U.S. movie-goers did an imported peril promise such terror close to home. But now it looks as though U.S. youngsters — and, so, their parents and your schools — face a whole new specter of fear.

It sounds like a bad B-movie:

Hundreds of Japanese kids are sitting innocently in front of an animated cartoon when pulsating red beams of light shoot out of the eyes of one of the characters — Pikachu, the rat — causing convulsions and vomiting

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