Police: Ill students may have ingested edible marijuana

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — South Kingstown police are investigating the sudden illness of two students at The Prout School on Thursday.

According to police, information from school administrators revealed the students may have become sick after ingesting what is suspected to be edible marijuana while at school.

Police said one student was transported to South County Hospital for treatment.

Investigators seized a portion of the potential drug, which will be submitted to the health department for testing.

Police do not yet know who provided the suspected marijuana to students. No criminal charges have been filed in the case at this point, but school officials say they will take disciplinary action if needed.

David Estes, head of The Prout School, said in a statement Friday that the school is investigating the incident and working closely with police.

The Prout School continues to investigate an incident where several students became ill upon eating a food item that was brought in by a student of students from outside the school. The Prout School immediately contacted authorities and took steps to ensure that all students were safe. The school administration is working closely with authorities, students, and families and will take necessary disciplinary action if it is warranted upon completion of the investigation.”

In an unrelated incident, the school said a teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into an alleged altercation with a student.

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