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Updated: Thirteen school pupils taken to hospital after eating ‘cannabis sweets’

Police were called by London ambulance service at around 11.45am

05 October, 2020 — By Tom Foot

La Sante Union in Highgate Road 

UPDATED

THIRTEEN secondary school pupils were taken to hospital after eating what they thought to be sweets.

Police said this evening (Monday) that they “understand the sweets contained THC” but officers were awaiting full tests.

THC stands for tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive constituent of cannabis.

The school said parents had been informed and police were investigating who supplied the sweets to the teenagers.

Five ambulance crews were sent to La Sainte Union Catholic school in Highgate Road around 11.45am.

No one is now thought to be seriously unwell.

A police statement said: “We understand the sweets contained THC. We await tests to establish the quantity of THC in each sweet. There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.”

A London Ambulance Service statement said: “We dispatched a number of resources including a clinical team leader, five ambulance crews, medics in cars and incident response officers. We treated thirteen teenagers at the scene and took them to hospital.”

The school’s healthy eating policy to parents said: “A small treat in her lunch box is acceptable but please ensure your daughter does not bring in large packets of crisps, cakes, biscuits or sweets.”

A statement from La Sainte Union Catholic School said: “A small number of our students have been taken to hospital today after becoming ill.

“The students became ill after eating what they believed were sweets. The contents of what the students ate and how they came into possession of them is being investigated by the police.

“We have made parents aware of this incident.”

Councillor Angela Mason, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families at Camden Council, added: “Our immediate concern in these circumstances is for the pupils – and we hope they feel better very soon. We are working closely with the school to support them at this time.”

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