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Pot-laced snacks brought to same elementary school twice

Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm EDT

Durham police are hoping to educate parents after kids brought marijuana-laced snacks to the same elementary school on two separate occasions.

Police say on May 14, a Grade 6 student brought home-baked pot cookies to the Oshawa school as a treat.

They say that after eating the cookies, four young students — aged 11 and 12 — reported feeling “dizzy and euphoric.”

Investigators say they’ve learned that a parent had made the cookies for their spouse, who has a medical marijuana license and the cookies ended up in the student’s backpack by mistake.

The Children’s Aid Society was also called in to conduct a review as a part of the investigation

Police say that in a “completely separate incident involving other kids the week before,” THC-laced gummy bears were consumed in the same elementary school.

They say four kids in Grades 7 and 8 — aged 12 and 13 — reported feeling dizzy and euphoric after eating a gummy bear one of the students brought.

Investigators say they don’t yet know how the student got the gummy bears, as they were not made at home.

Police say they’re investigating the incidents, and have also taken the time to educate parents about “the dangers and risks of consuming psychoactive chemicals at such an early age.”

The Durham District School Board describes the incidents as “isolated” and said a police youth officer continues to monitor the situation.

The school board said Tuesday in a release that its schools “work proactively to educate students on the negative effects of drug use, misuse and abuse.”

“Drug use by students is a serious matter and is dealt with as such through progressive discipline and police intervention as necessary,” it said.