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Update: Ten Palm Springs students ingest Xanax

By Al Pefley email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

PALM SPRINGS, FL (WFLX) - "I blame the parents of the student, absolutely. It starts at home; I don't blame the school. No, I definitely blame the parents," said one parent.

It's the story that has parents surprised, and police are taking action.

On Tuesday, 10 middle schoolers took Xanax and got sick at school. Now, we're hearing the call for help made by the school and the changes to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"It's a little shocking, I think, for everyone that this was going on," said Capt. Mark Hall, Palm Springs Police.

That's what police are saying about the 10 students at Palm Springs Middle School who got sick after taking Xanax tablets. They say the students got the Xanax from a 7th grade girl, a 13-year-old studnet, who bought the drugs from a couple of older teens outside of a Cumberland Farms store Tuesday morning.

The school called 9-1-1 when kids started coming to the school clinic feeling sick to their stomach.

911: "Fire rescue, what's the location of your emergency?"

School Employee: "1560 Kirk Road, Palm Springs Middle School."

911: "OK, what's wrong there?"

School Employee: "We have some students that have ingested some medication. We don't know what it is. Um, um, and we definitely need to have them checked out."

Police say the girl, who had the pill bottle on her, was either handing out the Xanax or selling it to other students.

The victims' age range from 12 to 14.

911: "How many people do you have?"

School Employee: "We have probably three students that we're concerned about. We're finding out there's more than three that took medication."

911: "OK."

School Employee: "We have not been able to figure out what the medication is yet."

Parents picking up their kids Wednesday say the whole thing is a shock. "I'm hoping it was an isolated incident, and it won't happen again. This is a really good school."

Another said because of this drug case, she had a good talk with her daughter, warning her about drugs at school. "I told her you don't share anything with kids."

Meanwhile, police say, they're stepping up their presence at the store in Cumberland Farms where the girl bought the Xanax Tuesday to make sure students don't congregate there anymore.

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