More than a dozen elementary school students in Cleveland were treated Monday afternoon for eating gummy bears possibly laced with marijuana, according to news reports. In total, 14 students ate cannabis-infused gummies that day.
Nine children were taken to a Cleveland hospital on Monday after they were given cannabis gummies at their elementary school, according to media reports. Police responded to Anton Grdina Elementary School on the city’s east side after a total of 14 students ate some of the weed-infused gummies.
The 14 students, between the ages of 5 and 9 years old, attend Anton Grdina School and shared the gummy bears during lunch, WOIO-TV reported. Paramedics were called to the school around 2 p.m. and transported the children to a local children’s hospital, where all were listed in stable condition later Monday.
Emergency medical services personnel were dispatched to the school and transported three 5-year-old girls, one 5-year-old boy, three 6-year-old boys, one 9-year-old boy, and an 8-year-old boy to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at University Hospital, according to a police spokesman. The children taken to the hospital complained of stomach pains and are reported to be in stable condition.
The parents of the other children who had eaten the marijuana candy declined medical attention.
Officials believe the students were given the pot gummies by a 5-year-old pupil. Police are investigating the case to determine how the child obtained the gummies that were taken to the school.
School District Notifies Parents
A statement from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District issued an update on the situation to parents and the media on Monday afternoon.
“As a precaution today, EMS was called examine several students to determine whether gummy bears shared with them by other students during lunch may have been marijuana-laced. This precaution was taken because the packaging of the candy was not recognizable to school staff,” the notice reads.
“The students involved were examined and their parents called,” it continues. “Although we have not yet received a report on the suspicious candy, the principal used the opportunity to remind parents and caregivers of the importance of keeping medicines and other items that may be harmful to children locked up to ensure the safety of all students.”
Similar Case in Florida
A central Florida middle school student is facing felony charges after bringing THC gummies to class and sharing them with other children in December. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference at the time that a 12-year-old boy brought a block of Green Hornet THC-infused gummies to gym class and shared them with four girls and two boys, who “devoured” nearly all of the ten 10-milligram doses. Five of the children were subsequently taken to the hospital with complaints of nausea and vomiting.