An incident at Meade County High School has rattled security for parents of teenagers in Brandenburg, Ky. Police received a call at around 8 a.m. on May 22 of an illegal substance being brought into school. The result of the incident was numerous individuals receiving medical attention, and many being questioned on the circumstances of the day.
Meade County Superintendent John Millay gave a brief interview on the events that took place. He stated an investigation is continuing by local police and school staff.
“Shortly after the start of school it was reported to the office that maybe a student or a couple of students appeared to be under the influence of something,” Millay explained. “When we hear that, not knowing what that influence may be, we start investigating that and calling students down and checking. Coincidentally we had a field trip scheduled to leave at 8:30 a.m. Not knowing how many students could be involved, we secured the school temporarily and any student that we thought may have ingested something - those are the ones we first started with. We had them checked out.”
He added, “anytime we find drugs, we involve law enforcement. We have a school resource officer, we enlisted city and county police, trying to find out how this came in and who brought it in.”
Due to the students being minors, most information cannot be released. What can be confirmed is that six individuals received medical treatment.
“We do know a few students that may have taken something appeared that they may need to be checked out more,” Millay explained. “We sent them for medical attention. That is a routine procedure. Meade County Schools are very safe, but in our outside environment in society and our country, there are illegal substances out there. Once in awhile they creep into a school, and when they do, we investigate.”
Millay added, “We contact law enforcement. If they need medical attention, we have them checked out. In most cases charges are filed. We take this very seriously. Student safety is always first.”
The police have not released an official statement. According to Millay, the school staff are working closely with authorities to get this case resolved.
When asked about the rumors of an illegal substance being placed in e cigarettes, Millay replied, “we will continue to follow up on this matter. We do not allow e cigarettes or any other prohibited substances. We are working with local law enforcement to find out exactly what happened. Any student who may have ingested something, or if we were not sure, the parent was contacted on an individual basis. A One-Call (an alert notification issued by the school system) was activated concerning the situation.”
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