Several students from James Russell Lowell Elementary School in Chicago were transported to the hospital Wednesday morning, January 17th. According to reports, the students consumed what is believed to be “laced” candy.
The Chicago Tribune confirmed that at least 6 ambulances were sent to take 14 students to local hospitals. Chicago police released the following statement:
“Children were taken to hospitals as a precaution after possibly consuming candy laced with an unknown substance.”
At least 12 of the 14 students claimed they were not feeling well after eating the candy. According to ABC Chicago, the students were between the ages of 13 and 14, but that has not been confirmed by other sources.
Following the chaos of sirens and panic, parents were outraged. Several relatives reportedly visited the school to check on their children, but were initially given little details about the situation—some were told it was a drill, while others heard it was an emergency. Authorities present at the school assured that if you did not receive a call, your child was "fine."
Chicago Tribune stated that one grandparent was aware that older students had candy containing marijuana. Parents are extremely concerned and seeking answers, specifically wanting to know who was responsible for distributing the candy.
Currently, it is unclear of what these students’ exact conditions are. No deaths or serious injuries have yet been reported.
This story is developing and will be updated as more information is released.
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