I wonder how the SAUSD’s PR staff will spin this one? Apparently 11 students at McFadden Intermediate School were rushed to a local hospital today after they were found to be under the influence of an unknown substance, according to the O.C. Register.
The SAUSD later admitted that the students had taken a prescription drug – Xanax, that one of the students brought to school. Xanax affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with anxiety.
The OCFA reported that the victims were mildly to moderately lethargic at around noon, at McFadden Junior High School, located at 2701 South Raitt St. The school staff then called 911 and paramedics came to the school, where they treated seven girls and three boys.
A total of six ambulances took the victims to Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
The SAUSD did not tell the parents what happened until they finally sent out a robo-call at 2 p.m. Parents were pretty upset as they drove up to see numerous news vans at the school.
While we do not yet know what happened to the kids the fact that the other students were not evacuated from the school leads me to believe that the victims must have ingested something. We should know more later once the OCFA updates the story. I would imagine the Santa Ana School Police will take point on the investigation.