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Two arrested after Amherst Co. elementary students eat fentanyl-positive gummies, officials say

UPDATE

Two individuals were arrested Wednesday morning after several Amherst County elementary students ate gummy bears that tested positive for fentanyl, according to the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office.

Twenty-six-year-old Nicole Sanders and 50-year-old Clifford Dugan Jr. are now facing felony charges in connection with the fentanyl-related illnesses of seven children at Central Elementary School.

Sanders has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and the possession of a schedule I or II drug, and Dugan Jr. has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The school district and the sheriff’s office will be holding a joint news conference at 1:30 p.m., which you can watch live on wsls.com.

The current conditions of the students impacted are unclear at this time.

Both suspects are still in custody, according to online court records. Sanders is being held with a $1,500 secured bond and Dugan Jr. is being held without bond

Stay with 10 News as this breaking news story develops.

UPDATE

Amherst County Public Schools has provided an update after seven elementary-aged kids had allergic reactions and sought out medical treatment on Tuesday.

Seven students at Central Elementary School had an allergic reaction to gummy bears that they ate at school on Tuesday, according to the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office.

Of those seven students, five of them went to get medical help, according to Amherst Co. Public Schools. Two were taken by Amherst County EMS and the three others were taken by their parents.

Officials said the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office conducted a field test on the bag that contained the gummies the students ate, which tested positive for fentanyl, according to deputies.

ACPS wrote in a social media post that the fentanyl residue was in a ziplock bag and said the area where the students were sitting had been wiped down with a sanitizing solution.

We’re told the bag was brought from home by a student. It was not immediately clear if that student was one of the seven who had an allergic reaction on Tuesday.

The investigation is ongoing.

The students’ names and ages were not shared.

10 News has reached out to ACPS and the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office to learn more about exactly what happened.

Stay with 10 News as this story develops

ORIGINAL STORY

Amherst County authorities and school leaders are investigating after elementary school students had allergic reactions and sought out medical treatment on Tuesday.

We’re told seven students at Central Elementary School had an allergic reaction to something they ingested at school. Division leaders did not clarify what exactly they ate.

Of those seven students, five of them went to get medical help, according to Amherst Co. Public Schools. Two were taken by Amherst County EMS and the three others were taken by their parents.

“Amherst County Public Schools, in cooperation with Amherst County Public Safety and the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office, is currently in the process of investigating the cause of the illness,” division leaders said in the release, in part. “The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority.”

The students experienced upset stomachs and headaches, according to Brittany McNerney, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent.


Source: WSLS News 10

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