SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 23, 2016 — Police are investigating after a student brought brownies laced with marijuana to Lincoln Elementary school in Salt Lake City on Thursday.
Seven students at the school, at 1090 S. Roberta St., were given the brownies knowing they were laced with marijuana, according to a Salt Lake City Police Department statement. Two students had to be hospitalized and remain in the hospital. The two students at the hospital tested positive for marijuana.
The student told detectives she brought the brownies from home and gave them to other students while at school.
Detectives have interviewed the parents of the child and the investigation is ongoing.
Lincoln Elementary school sent out a letter Friday to parents advising them of the incident.
The letter to parents reads, in its entirety:
This letter is being sent as a result of an unfortunate situation that took place yesterday at Lincoln Elementary that we wanted to make sure you were aware of. Today it came to our attention that on Thursday morning before school, a student brought marijuana laced brownies to Lincoln and sold them on the playground to several of our sixth grade students.
The brownies made several of the children sick enough to be taken to the hospital for care. Upon being made aware of this situation, we immediately began an investigation, and we will continue to investigate and engage in the process of instituting disciplinary, corrective and/or remedial action as appropriate. Please know that the parents of the children who were involved have all been contacted.
Our students’ health and well-being remains our first and foremost priority. Fortunately for the Lincoln community this is an isolated incident. However, we believe it is a good opportunity for positive communication with our students. We encourage you to also take this opportunity to speak with your children about the dangers associated with drug use. As the principal, I met with our sixth grade students today to review the various problems related to the use of drugs. Our counselor will also be working with our sixth grade teachers to plan and implement lessons that build the necessary social skills that will help our students choose to be drug-free and make other healthy lifestyle choices.
Below you will find two links to “The Partnership for a Drug-Free Kids” website. They provide helpful information on the topic of marijuana and strategies for discussing this subject with your child. I realize that this can be a difficult issue to discuss with your child, and if you need help starting a conversation with your son or daughter, feel free to contact our school counselor for assistance.
As always, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions that you may have. However, due to federal and state privacy laws concerning student confidentiality, I cannot share individual disciplinary actions that have been taken.
The Police Department asks anyone who may have additional information on this incident to call 801-799-3000. Anonymous tips may be sent by text to 274637. Please start the text with TIPSLCPD, which routes it to the police department. Then include any relevant information.