Possible overdose sends 9 students to hospital
WEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police and school district officials are trying to determine the unknown substance that sent nine high school students to the hospital, Thursday.
Rescue units and concerned parents converged outside Coral Park Senior High School after the victims were transported to several area hospitals. School administrators noticed they were displaying symptoms of an illness. The students were taken to Miami Children's Hospital, Kendall Regional Hospital and South Miami Hospital. Crews set up a triage area at the school where other students were treated and released.
Fire rescue officials said the students ingested some type of substance. School officials confirmed they ate some type of brownie that contained the unknown substance. "That's very, very dangerous," said parent Cecilia Maltilla.
Other parents who were on the scene said they believe the baked goods were laced with marijuana. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesperson Danny Cardeso commented on that allegation. "The school is investigating that right now. I can't confirm or deny that that is the case," he said.
As the day progressed, more parents came to the school, nervously waiting to pick up their children. "What's going here?" said an upset parent. "Where's the control? Where is the safety for our kid?"
Parents were allowed into the school grounds shortly after 1 p.m. A concerned mother broke down in tears after seeing another student being transported to seek medical attention. "I'm a mother, and I'm happy because my daughter is here," she said. "I'm not happy because this kid is innocent, and there's another kid, that has something bad in his mind, put the drugs in the brownies to the kids, and that's not nice."
Miami-Dade Schools Police were on the scene trying to determine what was the substance that made the students sick and who was responsible for bringing it into the premises. "They were selling it all over the school," said Coral Park student Danni Valdez Thomas. "They were knocking on classroom doors, asking if they could sell what they had."
Fire rescue officials said most of these students were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
The high school is located at 1601 SW 88 Ave. in West Miami-Dade.
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