Air Academy student hospitalized after eating pot brownie at school

MARIA ST.LOUIS-SANCHEZ Updated: December 12, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: December 12, 2012

A 14-year-old Air Academy High School student became ill and was sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after she ate a marijuana-laced brownie at school, according to Academy School District 20 officials.

The boy, also 14, accused of giving the brownie to her was arrested on suspicion of distribution of marijuana, a felony, and later released to his parents, said Lt. Jeff Kramer of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.

Kramer and Nanette Anderson, a district spokeswoman, both said the girl knew what was inside the brownie before eating it.

“She was not tricked or ate it unwittingly,” Kramer said.

Another girl also was given a brownie but did not eat it, Kramer said. Neither girl has been arrested.

Anderson said that school staff cared for the sickened girl and immediately contacted law enforcement once they learned what happened. Staff members continue to cooperate with the sheriff’s office investigation, she said.

Anderson said the district has not noticed a rise in cases of marijuana being brought to school after Colorado voters authorized the use of medical marijuana in 2000 or passed Amendment 64 in November.

The future, however, may be different.

Colorado can expect to see more pot-related incidents in schools, said Larry Borland, chief of security and transportation services for District 20.

“In my mind, there is no question but that the flat-out legalization of the possession of marijuana by 21-year-olds is going to lead to more possession by young people,” he said. “It’s going to be more available and kids have older brothers and sisters.”

Schools, he added, won’t necessarily beef up security.

“We will continue to do what we do,” Borland said.

District 20 has a drug education program, a drug interdiction program, drug detection dogs and trained security officers in all secondary buildings, he said.

“The message we want to get out to kids is that it is now a disciplinary offense, always has been a disciplinary offense and always will be a disciplinary offense,” Borland said.

Gazette reporter Garrison Wells contributed to this report.

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