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Seven Visalia students sick from eating marijuana snacks at school

Three students at Mt. Whitney High in Visalia were arrested last week after seven fellow students became ill from eating snacks laced with concentrated cannabis, also known as honey oil.

About 1:50 p.m. Friday, the youth services officer assigned to Mt. Whitney was contacted by the school about several students feeling ill who said they had eaten brownies and suckers coated with honey oil.

Two boys, 15 and 17, and a 14-year-old girl, all students at the school, sold the items to fellow students, police said.

Six students were taken by ambulance to a local hospital as a precaution and for medical evaluation, and the seventh was taken by family members, police said.

The three students arrested were not among those who got sick but are suspected of supplying the honey oil-laced snacks and were arrested and booked at the Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Visalia Unified School District said in a statement Monday that district staff learned of a student who appeared to be under the influence of cannabis. The Mt. Whitney High administration looked into it and immediately called the youth services officer.

No reports of students having adverse reactions or ongoing medical issues have been received, the district said.

“The physical and emotional safety of our students is our No. 1 priority as a school district, and we are watchful for any type of behavior or conduct that is potentially harmful to students,” the statement said.

Lewis Griswold: 559-441-6104, @fb_LewGriswold

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