The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)

Teen charged over ‘tainted cookies’

- By Jessica Lerner jessica.lerner@ hearstmedi­; @jesslerner on Twitter

HAMDEN — A 15-yearold girl was arrested Monday after five Hamden High School students were sent to the emergency room for consuming “marijuana cookies,” police said in a news release.

School Resource Officer Jay Bunnell conducted an investigat­ion at Hamden High School after five students who appeared to be under the influence of drugs were sent to the school nurse Monday morning, police said. The students reported they weren’t feeling well after eating cookies brought in by a 15-year-old student. As a precaution, the students were sent to Yale New Haven Hospital for treatment.

The 15-year-old juvenile was charged with five counts of risk of injury to a minor. She is scheduled to appear in juvenile court in New Haven, the release said.

Mark D’Antonio, a spokesman for Yale New Haven Hospital, confirmed that four students were taken there to the emergency room after ingesting “tainted cookies.” He said a fifth student came in later.

D’Antonio said it does not appear to have caused serious injuries, and the students are expected to be fine. He said all the students have been treated and released.

Last week, four juveniles were arrested in Winsted in connection with tainted cupcakes that had been brought to The Gilbert School, a quasi public high school, last year. No students reported any illness in that case, but the cupcakes were said to have contained body fluids. The baked goods were sent to the state’s forensic lab for testing and two boys and two girls were charged with fourth-degree sexual assault as a result of that testing, police said.

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