Albuquerque 5th Grader Shares THC-Laced Gummies With Classmates

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — A 9-year-old student at a college prep charter school in Albuquerque brought her grandfather’s gummies to school and shared the candies with several other kids But when one fell ill and others started acting “giggly,” the school took a closer look at the candies and discovered they were loaded with THC, a psychoactive chemical found in marijuana, a local news outlet reported.

A fifth grader at the Albuquerque School of Excellence brought the gummies from home earlier this month, Kristi Del Curto, dean of elementary students, told the the Albuquerque Journal. She had to go to the nurses office when she started feeling sick and dizzy in class. When asked what she’d eaten, she told the nurse about the gummies.

Educators pulled the box out of the trash and knew right away they weren’t candies, Del Curto told the newspaper. She said they were actually edible medical marijuana gummies.

Five students were called to the office, some of whom were “giggly,” she said.

Parents and paramedics were called, along with the state Children, Youth and Families Department, and local police. The children were sent home. None suffered any long-term effects.


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