Paramedics responded to a Boyle Heights charter school on Tuesday after several students consumed edibles suspected of containing marijuana, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Officials responded just after 3 p.m. to Endeavor College Preparatory at 1263 S. Soto Street, where as many as seven students had ingested the edibles.
“We are still gathering information about what occurred,” the school’s director, Ted Morris, said in a statement. “We’re proud of how quickly our staff responded for the safety of our students.”
The students did not show any symptoms of intoxication, and no one was taken to the hospital, according to the fire department, but parents were notified of the incident.
School officials believe that an eighth grade student brought the edibles to school and shared them with classmates, Morris said.
“The students and their parents have been very cooperative in the investigation,” Morris said in the statement.
Similar incidents have taken place at schools in Ohio, Georgia and Kansas in recent weeks. Students were taken to the hospital in several cases.
Edibles containing marijuana are known to cause stronger mental and physical symptoms than marijuana products that are inhaled, according to a study by the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Since California legalized recreational marijuana in 2016 through Proposition 64, Boyle Heights residents have braced themselves for more dispensaries in their neighborhood, the Boyle Heights Beat previously reported. Proposition 64, however, banned products that could appeal to young people by being “easily confused with commercially sold candy or foods that do not contain marijuana.”
Photo: Endeavor College Preparatory. By Pablo De La Hoya.