RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Four Armstrong High School students reportedly ate edibles, prompting a response from first responders. No students are in critical condition, according to a Richmond Public Schools spokesperson.
Richmond Police Department and Fire & EMS were called to the school on Cool Lane shortly before 11:45 a.m. for four juveniles “who were in medical distress.”
“We can confirm that several students at Armstrong [High School] have presented with what appears to be side effects from having ingested edibles,” the spokesperson told 8News. “All parents have been notified and students are being assessed by first responders.”
According to police, the students “reported they had ingested items suspected to be cannabis” and were treated on scene with non-life-threatening conditions.
The principal of Armstrong High School, Kelly Carter, released a statement in the afternoon on Wednesday regarding the incident.
Dear Armstrong High School Community,
I am writing to inform you of an event that occurred at school today where four students experienced a reaction to an unknown substance. Our school nurse and administrators took immediate action to investigate the situation and provide care for the affected students. Emergency professionals were on site to assist and support the affected students.
Providing a safe and healthy learning environment is paramount to Richmond Public Schools and Armstrong High School. We take these incidents very seriously. Please take this opportunity to speak to your child about ingesting unknown substances. While peer pressure is great at this age, we want to encourage students to feel comfortable reporting suspicious activities to our staff at any time.
If you are concerned about your child, please contact the school’s main office at 804-780-4449, and we will help your child.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.Principal Kelly Carter
Police are continuing to investigate. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Richmond Police Department.