POLICE BEAT

Female Hampden student taken to hospital smoked marijuana, police say

Posted Dec. 12, 2011, at 12:45 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 12, 2011, at 6:09 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A female high school student taken to the hospital last week was under the influence of marijuana, according to Hampden police Sgt. Dan Stewart.

“It was not bath salts — that was the rumor,” the sergeant said Monday. “Another rumor was that she died. She is alive and well.”

Before the first bell rang at Hampden Academy on the Monday, Dec. 5, the 17-year-old girl started acting strangely and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Students started sending text messages to one another about the incident as it happened. Shortly afterward, school leaders from the area also contacted Hampden Academy to find out what had occurred, the sergeant said.

The police investigation has determined the teenager smoked marijuana before school, Stewart said. “I just think she had a bad reaction.”

When consuming street drugs, “you never know if something you got is laced with some other drugs,” the sergeant noted. “You never know.”

In addition, people who take drugs — including those prescribed by a doctor — can have various responses, Stewart said.

“Everybody reacts differently,” he said. “You just don’t know what the outcome is going to be.”

The girl’s bad reaction to the marijuana she smoked should be a warning to other teens, Stewart said. “I hope it’s a learning lesson for everyone.”

The investigation into who supplied the student with the pot is continuing, the sergeant said, adding that he expects to charge someone in the near future.

“Everybody involved is a juvenile,” Stewart said.

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