You might not remember the town of Le Roy, New York, by name, but you very well might remember what's happened there. TLC is exploring the troubling true story of a mysterious illness that swept the small northeastern New York community in its upcoming one-hour documentary "The Town That Caught Tourette's?" Is this documentary a sign that TLC is taking a break from guilty-pleasure reality TV offerings like "Toddlers & Tiaras" and "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo"? It was The Learning Channel, after all.
In 2011, a few Le Roy teen girls started developing tics, twitches, and verbal outbreaks reminiscent of Tourette's syndrome. Within months, 18 girls (all of whom went to the same high school) and one woman had developed the baffling ailment. Desperate for answers, Le Roy families took their stories to national news outlets, kick-starting a global media firestorm that drew widespread attention to the bizarre outbreak. A wave of speculation followed.
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