Police continue investigation of treats that sickened 3 young students

Mike DeNardo
April 30, 2019 - 7:10 am
Rice krispie treats.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Investigators are trying to find out how snacks — possibly containing drugs — found their way into a West Philly elementary school, sickening three students who ate them.

Three seventh graders at Martha Washington Elementary school had to be taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, after eating what police say are Rice Krispies treats that one of them brought to school. Police believe the treats may have been laced with marijuana or another substance. 

Police say the teacher noticed that the students were "lethargic" after eating the treats — and the teacher reported it. It is not clear whether the students knew the treats were possibly tainted when they ate them. 

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The school sent letters home to parents, including Ashley Redmond, who went to the school to pick up her second-grader.

"It's just sad, really sad in my eyes. I think people should keep a better eye on their kids. That way, this wouldn't happen maybe," she said.

School District of Philadelphia spokesman Lee Whack says they are cooperating with investigators, and he says adults need to take responsibility.

"It's very important that the first conversation be at the home," he said. "And that if — say this was an illegal substance — the importance of not bringing anything like that to school, or not having children having access to that."

The three students were in stable condition. Right now, there are no charges.