Five elementary school students in Perris were hospitalized Thursday, May 12, after eating snacks laced with marijuana that had been shared by another student, authorities said.
The children were all expected to recover, said Sgt. Edward Soto, a spokesman for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Staffers at Enchanted Hills Elementary became aware of the trouble when one student complained of a stomach ache, said Jason Archard, the human resources coordinator for the Perris Elementary School District. Staff members then found other students showing symptoms.
The snacks had been shared during recess, Archard said.
Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department paramedics were called at about 11:30 am and treated the students, spokeswoman April Newman said. Five were taken by ambulances to hospitals.
Neither the district nor the Sheriff’s Department specifically identified the snack. Archard called them “chips,” although there are reports that they were Cheetos. No information was available Friday on how they were tainted.
The girl who shared the snacks did not know they were tainted, Soto said. School officials have contacted the girl’s parents and the sheriff’s investigation was continuing, he said. No arrests had been announced.
Since the incident, students have been reminded not to share food, Archard said.