Ten students were assessed for suspected overdoses during the school day on Thursday at Van Nuys Middle School in Los Angeles, California.
The children who were evaluated by Los Angeles Fire Department personnel ranged in age from 12 to 15. Seven of the 10 students were taken to local hospitals, the LAFD said in a press release, while three were released at the scene.
It is not confirmed what the students may have consumed. In a press conference, the LAFD said it “potentially” could be “cannabis edibles”, and added that fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid, was not involved,
All 10 students were found to be in “mild to moderate distress”. Officials have not said what symptoms the students experienced.
LAFD was first called to the school just after 10:30 a.m. PT. By 11:20, five patients at the scene had medical complaints, and by noon 10 students were being treated for mild symptoms, CBS Los Angeles, The LAFD said 50 firefighters were on the scene, and crews searched the school premises to make sure all students were accounted for.