Tragic: Elementary School Students Sick After Ingesting Cereal Bars Laced With Marijuana

October 25, 2018

Multiple students at a Philadelphia elementary school became sick after consuming cereal bars that were likely to be laced with marijuana.

On Wednesday, October 24, at Blankenburg Elementary School off of W. Girard Avenue, police say that five kids had consumed cereal bars that were brought in by a 13-year-old student, according to "CBS Philly." One child went to the nurse's office complaining of hallucinations. The other children went to the school's office.

Three students were taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where two were tested positive for marijuana; as for the third child, the test results are still pending at this time. The other two children's parents took them to see their medical provider.

The school released a statement regarding the incident:

Dear Parent /Guardian:

This letter is to inform you of an incident that occurred at Rudolph Blankenburg Elementary School On October 24, 2018, an illegal substance was found in the possession of one of our scholars/on campus.

Upon discovering the substance, we notified School District of Philadelphia Police, as well as The Philadelphia Police Department. As a result, officers from both units came to our school to investigate the situation.

An illegal substance on campus is a serious concern to all of us. Incidents with the potential to compromise the health or safety of students and staff are taken very seriously and will be dealt with according to district policy.

I encourage you to discuss this incident with your child and emphasize the importance of telling an adult staff member if they see or hear about an illegal substance at school.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns by calling the main office at 215-400-7280

Thank you for your continued support of the students at Blankenburg Elementary School.


LeAndrea Baltimore-Hagan

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