James Lick School Health Emergency: Why Are Students Getting Sick?

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Not a scene from today.

A possible health emergency drew a large police response today at James Lick Middle School in San Francisco, California, after several students went to the hospital after ingesting a substance that made them ill. Here’s what we know so far.

Ten students came down ill from an unknown substance around 1:20 p.m. local time. It’s not yet known what substance made the students sick, but was possibly drug-related, KRON 4 reported. A city red alert was activated and six students were treated on the scene, five were taken to the hospital. Police believe the incident is isolated to these 10 students. Seven students have been given an all clear, two had nausea and vomiting symptoms, and one had extreme but not life-threatening symptoms, the San Francisco Fire Department shared during a press conference.

It’s not yet known what the substance was or if the students ingested it on purpose or by accident. The reports started when one student came forward complaining of feeling sick. Nine quickly followed, and five were taken to nearby hospitals.

The Fire Department’s mass casualty vehicle has arrived at the school in case others need to be treated. School is over for the day, KRON 4 reported.

This is a developing story.