Naperville, Illinois, officials are investigating gummy bears that were reportedly laced with marijuana, sending 13 high school students to the hospital on Tuesday.
Students at Naperville North High School told police that the candy had been laced with marijuana, according to CBS News. Police have confiscated samples of the gummy bears for testing.
A 17-year-old student was taken into custody to be questioned following the incident, but police say no charges were filed as of late Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“Each student had varying degrees of discomfort and subsequent treatment,” the school said, according to CBS News. “We continue to review the specifics of the situation and will address it appropriately.”
“This candy made those students both uncomfortable and sick, so they were taken to the nurse’s office for care,” Naperville District 203 Superintendent Dan Bridges said, per the Tribune. “For safety precautions, they were transported to Edward (Hospital) to receive medical attention.”
“Anytime we have students who are put in a situation where their health is at risk, their health is questioned, I am disappointed,” Bridges said, per CBS Chicago.
Edward Hospital spokesman Keith Hartenberger confirmed the students’ symptoms after treating them Tuesday afternoon.
“Their symptoms include fast heart rate, dizziness and dry mouth, or some combination of those,” Hartenberger said, according to the Tribune.
Students said the gummy bears were eaten between classes, ABC 7 Chicago reported.
Word spread fast about the laced candy on the campus, and students who were on a field trip were also informed about the incident.
“Social media and text messages is where it broke out, so it was pretty fast,” said student Chris Kohley.
School officials were scheduled to address the situation at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.
Police are investigating exactly how and when the gummy bears were distributed.
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