Posted: Feb 27, 2013 8:42 PM by Jessica Holley - email@example.com
Updated: Feb 27, 2013 11:11 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - We have continuing coverage on seven middle school students who were taken to Driscoll Children's Hospital Wednesday afternoon, after they took a medication prescribed as a sleep aid. Ambulances were called to Hamlin Middle School just before school let out.
"They weren't themselves, they seemed like really really tired just fall in a way," Makayla Krirkham, Hamlin M.S. student.
This is what many students and teachers reported today at Hamlin Middle School.
"I was walking from my math class and like one of them just like passed out on the floor and then everyone started rushing to them and everyone was like all around them," Leo Limon Hamlin M.S. student.
Throughout the day teachers noticed some of their students acting lethargic and having trouble keeping their heads off the desk.
"We brought them in the to office and started questioning them, as it turns out they admitted to taking some prescription medication that was passed out by one of their classmates," says principal Delma Yzaguirre.
What these 7th graders had taken was a prescription sleep aid, one that was prescribed to the student who handed out the drug. The school nurse became concerned about the symptoms the students were showing, that's when EMS was called.A letter was immediately sent out alerting parents of the situation, and asking them to monitor their kids for symptoms they may have since it is unknown at this time just how many students took the drug.
"We are asking all parents to please to talk to their children. If they notice any of these symptoms, blood shot eyes, lethargic, unusual sleepiness, to please seek medical attention immediately," says Yzaguirre.
Students tell us this is not the first time drugs have passed through their school hallways. They say they'd like to see the student responsible for Wednesday incident punished.
The school's principal says the main focus right now is the well-being of the children, but disciplinary action will eventually be taken.
Driscoll Children's Hospital and CCISD officials would not release any information on the student's conditions.
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