Cops: Students share pot brownies at Volusia middle school

1 DeLand student taken to hospital for evaluation

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DeLAND, Fla. - Up to 12 Volusia County middle school students on Thursday consumed marijuana-laced brownies that were taken to school by two boys, deputies said.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said the boys, ages 12 and 14, who took the pan of brownies to Southwestern Middle School in DeLand face narcotic-related charges.

Deputies also said one of the boys hid a bag containing less than 20 grams of marijuana on campus.  The bag was later found by a deputy. 

One student who consumed a brownie was taken to a hospital for evaluation. 

"They said he was hyperventilating because he was crying," said student Rashonda Matthews, who said the boy appeared to be unconscious.

Matthews said she took a bite of one of the brownies, not knowing it was laced with pot.

"I tasted it and I spit it out by the cafeteria.  I didn't know what was inside of it until they actually said it," she said.  "I was scared."

The school contacted all the students' parents, but it's not known how many had their children examined at a health facility.

"You wonder about what's going on at your kids school.  I mean we have really thought about pulling them out of school," a concerned parent said.

Volusia deputies said the boys admitted to taking the pot-laced brownies to school as a prank.

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