From Bartow County Schools:
“Based on the investigation by Bartow County School Police, the school system believes this is an isolated incident that affected two students. Those students have been evaluated at a local hospital and released. We encourage the continual reporting of any suspicious activity as safety remains our number one priority.”
Several media reports this morning detail a bizarre situation at South Central Middle School in Emerson concerning two students who were taken to the hospital on Wednesday after buying candy reportedly infused with some sort of drug.
This is the note that as sent to South Central parents on Wednesday:
“An incident at South Central Middle School is currently under investigation by Bartow County School Police. According to preliminary reports, officers suspect an eighth-grade child sold a small amount of candy suspected to be laced with a controlled substance to a few other eighth-grade students. Two children were transported to a local hospital as a result and others were evaluated as needed. At this time, we believe the incident is contained, but will continue to seek out other students who may have been in contact with the candy. Charges could be forthcoming. We’re committed to keeping you updated on this situation as it pertains to student safety.”
WSB TV on Wednesday’s 11 p.m. newscast broadcast a message to South Central parents send by Principal Tia Windsor. According to the report:
“Officers suspect an eighth-grade child sold a small amount of candy suspected to be laced with a controlled substance,” Windsor says, adding that the student who allegedly brought the candy to school could be charged. “We are committed to keeping you updated on this situation.”
Channel 2 also says its reporter talked with the father of one of the students who was taken to the hospital and he says his daughter’s toxicology report came back negative. She’s now out of the hospital and doing fine, the report states. There’s no word on the other student as of Wednesday night.
For more, including the WSB news report, click Bartow Schools.
We have notes into the school system and Cartersville Medical Center for additional updates.