Elementary school students hospitalized after girl brings pot-laced brownies from home

Posted at 7:41 PM, Sep 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 19:41:32-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Several children at a Salt Lake City elementary school were sent to a hospital Thursday after they ate marijuana-laced brownies that another student brought to the playground.

According to a letter from the Salt Lake City School District, a student at Lincoln Elementary school brought the brownies to the playground before school and sold or shared several of them with sixth-grade students, according to KSTU. Lincoln Elementary has kindergarten through sixth grade.

Det. Wilking of the Salt Lake City Police Department said the girl distributed the brownies to seven students, all of whom knew the brownies were laced with marijuana. The students began to feel ill after ingesting them. Two of the seven ended up going to a hospital as a result and as of Friday afternoon they remained hospitalized.

The school district states they began investigating the incident as soon as they became aware of it, and they state they will be instituting disciplinary, corrective and/or remedial action where appropriate. The parents of all children involved have already been contacted, and school officials said Thursday’s events appear to be an isolated incident.

“We encourage you to also take this opportunity to speak with your children about the dangers associated with drug use,” the press release stated. “As the principal, I met with our sixth grade students today to review the various problems related to the use of drugs. Our counselor will also be working with our sixth grade teachers to plan and implement lessons that build the necessary social skills that will help our students choose to be drug-free and make other healthy lifestyle choices.”

The letter to parents included two links regarding marijuana from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. One is about Marijuana in general and one is a “kit” for speaking to children about marijuana.