Candy that made Georgia middle school students sick likely contaminated at food bank

As many as a dozen Georgia middle school students fell ill Friday after eating candy, but authorities have confirmed the sweets were not drug-infused.

Todd Simpson, the interim superintendent for Butts County Schools, told Channel 2 Action News that one student was taken by ambulance from Henderson Middle School to a hospital.

“They were transported out of an abundance of caution,” he said. “All of the students that we’ve seen so far are stable and do not warrant transport.”

Parents of all affected students have been contacted, Simpson said.

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The Butts County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that the candy is not “infused with any narcotic or THC.” The candy in question was picked up at a Hampton food bank, and it might have been contaminated, causing the illness, the post said.

“There was no wrongdoing,” the post continued.

In February, students at Sandtown Middle School in south Fulton County shared drug-laced treats on Valentine’s Day, sending 28 classmates to hospitals. Students who got sick were disoriented, had stomach and head pain, and red, watery eyes. A school police report also noted hallucinations and vomiting.

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The GBI found THC in a cereal treat eaten by students, which was among 46 food items the crime lab tested. The GBI said the drugs were not detected in any of the other foods collected from the school.

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