Published On: Wed, Dec 7th, 2016

Over a dozen Chicago high school students sick from gummy bears laced with marijuana

Several high school students in a Chicago suburb were taken to a local hospital after eating gummy bears which appears to have been laced with marijuana.

“This candy made those students both uncomfortable and sick,” according to a statement from the Naperville School District.
Students began showing up at the Naperville North High School nurse’s office late morning Tuesday, reported WLS. Fourteen students were taken to Edward Hospital for treatment claiming their symptoms included fast heart rate, dizziness and dry mouth.
At least 12 of the students had eaten the gummy bears, said the school district in a Facebook post. Most of the students had been released from the hospital by the afternoon, with only two remaining for further evaluation.
Public domain photo/Naturally via Wikimedia Commons

Public domain photo/Naturally via Wikimedia Commons

“We can confirmed 13 are being treated as a result of consuming gummy bears that may contain another substance. This candy made the students both uncomfortable and sick,” said Dan Bridges, superintendent of School District 203.

Naperville Police commander Jason Arres told the press that students confessed to police that they thought the gummy bears were “laced with something with marijuana, like a liquid-based marijuana substance,” but noted that “…we have not confirmed that. This is simply what we are being told by some of the patients.”
Testing is underway to figure out what was inside the gummy bears.
“A lot of people told me there were kids going to the hospital on stretchers and everyone was really sick from the gummy bears,” said Lily, a NNHS student, in the ABC 7 coverage.
WLS did also report that a 17-year-old male student was taken into custody, but released without being charged.
The school district urged parents to talk with their children about making healthy choices and seeking out school and community resources available to support the wellbeing of students.
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