Substance That Sickened 10 Students at SF's James Lick Middle School Suspected to be Cannabis - NBC Bay Area
San Francisco

San Francisco

The latest news from around San Francisco

Substance That Sickened 10 Students at SF's James Lick Middle School Suspected to be Cannabis

    Winter Olympics PyeongChang 2018 Medal Count
    Country
    Total
    1
    Norway
    13141037
    2
    Canada
    108927
    3
    Germany
    137626
    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    SF Students Sickened After Ingesting Unknown Substance

    At least 10 students at San Francisco's James Lick Middle School are being treated by emergency crews after they ingested an unknown substance, authorities said. Sam Brock reports. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018)

    At least 10 students at San Francisco's James Lick Middle School were treated by emergency crews after they ingested an unknown substance, which school district officials now suspect was cannabis.

    In a statement Wednesday, San Francisco Unified School District officials said that based on the current evidence and symptoms, health professionals suspect the students consumed cannabis. "The students' symptoms were consistent with marijuana intoxication and a container labeled 'medical cannabis was confiscated," SFUSD officials said.

    Bringing and consuming any drug, whether legal for those 21 and older, such as alcohol, marijuana or, illegal, is against school and district rules, the district said.

    Teachers will continue to talk to students to prioritize a fact-based drug education program at all grade levels, the district said.

    School officials said the substance caused "adverse reactions" and that the students' families were contacted.

    San Francisco Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Baxter said of the 10 students sickened, seven suffered from minor effects, two experienced moderate nausea and vomiting, and one was treated for extreme, but not life-threatening conditions.

    School officials were first notified of the incident after one student came forward complaining of sickness, with another nine students coming forward.

    Authorities said five students were transported to a hospital. The other five students are cared for on scene and then taken to a hospital. The district said all the students were recovering at this time.

    Get the latest from NBC Bay Area anywhere, anytime
    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android