Georgia Students Could be Expelled for Valentine’s Treats Containing THC

February 27, 2019

ATLANTA, GA. – According to a news story reported online by, students from a Georgia middle school could be expelled after distributing Valentine’s Day treats containing THC to their fellow students. Nearly 30 students became ill after eating the food, which prompted a full investigation by the school district.*

On February 14, 28 students at Sandtown Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, fell ill after eating treats from fellow students in celebration of Valentine’s Day. After ingesting the food, the students were reporting an array of symptoms that included shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, and hallucinations. 

The students were transported to local hospitals for treatment that day. None of the students who were taken to the hospital was identified. It does not appear any of the students sustained any lasting injuries from the incident. The school district immediately launched an investigation to determine which food was the culprit and who brought it into the school.

On February 22, Fulton County Schools reported to local media that it had identified five students for disciplinary action associated with the food incident. Samples from a cereal-like treat from the middle school that were tested at a Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab showed the presence of THC, which is the active psychotropic chemical in marijuana. 

The food was traced to five unnamed students who could be facing suspension or expulsion, according to the school system. It is still unclear at this time how the students camee into possession of the food items. No information about a potential criminal investigation has been reported. 

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