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Albany superintendent: Investigation continues into drug-laced treats

September 18, 2019 07:59 PM

ALBANY – The New York State Police Crime Lab is testing baked goods that sent six middle schoolers to the hospital on Tuesday.

Officials from the Albany City School District said students at Edmund O'Neal Middle School ate drug laced baked goods that a classmate brought in.

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They were initially reported as pot brownies, but on Wednesday, district officials said they're not sure that's correct. That's why the crime lab is testing them. However, they do believe the treats were laced with some sort of illegal substance.

A district spokesperson said they’ve identified and suspended the student who brought the laced bars into school, but parents are still outraged.

"Something really needs to be done," one concerned father said.

Superintendent Kaweeda Adams said six students showed a number of serious symptoms.

"Nausea, disoriented, elevated pulse rates those kinds of things. So our school nurse did exactly what she was supposed to do. Due to those symptoms, it caused enough of alarm to make sure that we were notifying parents and we did call 911," Adams said.

NewsChannel 13 asked if any other students ingested the treats. Adams said she was not aware of any other students who were affected.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with the father of an EON student who said his son did eat one of the contaminated treats, but was not one of the six students sent for treatment.

"My son said he was sick. He was sick but not to the point where he had to be hospitalized like the rest of them," the concerned father said. "But my son came home and said he had a little stomach problem and he was a little nauseous and stuff like that. So that was part of the issue."

Many parents are wondering how these contaminated treats weren't detected by faculty and staff.

Adams said there's no way they can screen every food item brought to school, especially because students bring lunches and snacks.

"But we do have a heightened sense of awareness with regard to what things may look like," Adams said. "We are engaging our security team to make sure that they are aware of items that may cause concern so that we can definitely address that on an individual basis."

Adams said the school is focusing on getting students and parents resources and information about drug and substance abuse.

"These are things that are happening and so here are the things that we can do as a whole community, supporting our parents with what is it that we need to do to educate our students on the impact in the effect of drug use and substance abuse," Adams said.

Albany police are still investigating the incident. Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for updates.

WEB EXTRA: Albany City Schools superintendent on drug-laced treats

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Emily Burkhard

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