A Texas middle school has broken the world record for the most twins and triplets in one class.
The seventh-grade at Indian Springs Middle School in Keller took the Guinness World Records title of most multiple births from another Texas school, which set the record last year.
Indian Springs’ tally was 13 sets of twins, one set of triplets and one set of quadruplets. The previous record holders J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, had 10 sets of twins and one set of triplets.
English teacher and coach Matt Sanchez said: 'I started noticing all the multiples because we had a bunch in athletics.' He also had more twins in his English class.
Sanchez, researched the record and found that the record was 10. 'I realized we had more,' Sanchez said. The seventh grade teacher said the kids enjoyed the novelty of gathering for the record.
'It's a memory to build on and carry with them,' he said. 'It’s like a big family now. They’re forever linked.'
Kyra Johnson, an Indian Springs mom who helped lead the record-breaking effort said: 'We had to send copies of all 33 birth certificates, enrollment documents from the school, a letter from the principal and two notarised witness statements verifying the validity of all the documents.
'As you can imagine, it took several weeks to pull all of this together.'
Her sons Cade and Camden Johnson have always been in schools with lots of multiples. Cade said: 'It seemed normal to me because we had a bunch of friends who were twins.'
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 2.8 percent of births were twins in 1998, the year most of the seventh-graders were born. For triplets, the share was 0.18 percent, or fewer than 2 in 1,000 births, while 627 births nationwide were quadruplet.