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Published on February 24, 2024
Harper Woods Middle School Incident, Student Hospitalized, Nine Others Ill After Ingesting Marijuana EdiblesSource: Google Street View

An incident at a Harper Woods middle school has led to the hospitalization of one student and nine others falling ill after they allegedly ingested marijuana edibles on school grounds. According to a report by WWJ Newsradio 950, the situation unfolded this past Thursday at the Discovery Creative Pathways K-8 charter school.

Police were called to the scene after a student reportedly distributed the gummies to classmates, aged between 12 and 15. The Director of Public Safety, Jason Hammerle, said in a statement obtained by clickondetroit, “A student was distributing marijuana edibles to some classmates, and they became ill, which I interpreted as intoxicated.” The same student, having eaten the gummies, interviewed by detectives along with a parent, has not yet faced any charges as the case remains under consideration by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.

While most students were released to their parents, one was taken to the hospital as a precaution. This case highlights growing concerns over the accessibility of marijuana products to minors. The school management, Phalen Leadership Academies, indicated that they took "immediate action" following the incident and are working address it, as noted by CBS Detroit.

The school's statement, which aims to maintain a safe and nurturing environment, suggested disciplinary measures after the gummies were distributed to students, underlined by a promise to correct any behaviors that breach the standard of excellence set for their students, according to the school policy. "If it is determined that scholars were involved in the incident, they will be subject to disciplinary action pursuant to Discovery Creative Pathways Harper Woods Student Handbook and/or board policy," the public safety department said in response to the incident, according to clickondetroit.