Fulton school police reported that students ate heart-shaped lollipops and Rice Krispy treats, among other snacks. Symptoms reported by students included hallucinations, disorientation and watery red eyes. The report noted students “frantically crying off and on.”
“They couldn’t tell me where they were at the time nor could they explain what had happened to them,” the police report stated.
“We want to be very clear that Fulton County Schools will follow through to the full extent of the law as well as with the most severe consequences allowed under our Student Disciplinary Code of Conduct should the investigation indicate foul play,” the district said in a Tuesday statement. “Given the suspicions and the resulting conversation in the community about edibles – or food/candy containing drugs – the school system is preparing a campaign that educates students on the dangers of taking or eating foods that come from an unknown source.”
Several Fulton County parents said they are concerned about the district’s response after the incident and said officials didn’t do enough to communicate clearly and quickly.
“I think the community is extremely upset about it,” said
Willie G. Davis Jr., who has an eighth grader at Sandtown who did not get sick.
Some parents expressed their concerns at a Tuesday evening community meeting featuring school board President Linda Bryant.
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