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Several Meade County High School students treated after ingesting illegal substance

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Amit Patel (Source: Meade County Detention Center) Amit Patel (Source: Meade County Detention Center)
BRANDENBURG, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several Meade County High School students were treated Friday morning after officials say they became ill after smoking e-cigarettes containing an illegal substance.

Emergency crews were called to the school on 938 Old State Road in Brandenburg around 8 a.m. after several students became ill after ingesting the substance.

Meade County Junior Bret Warren says the scene inside the school Friday morning was scary.

"As soon as I get to class, everyone is freaking out," Warren said. "It was nuts, like everyone didn't know what was going on. No one knew anything."

"As I went in the front door, EMS was taking two or three out on the stretchers," said Meade County Sheriff William Kerrick. "It was just total chaos."  

Meade County Schools Superintendent John Millay  says the problem started early Friday after a student brought the illegal substance to the school. The staff was notified by another student after a classmate became ill.

"Shortly after school began we became aware that a few students may have brought an illegal controlled substance to school," Millay said. "And anytime that happens we of course investigate the matter. If we think it's drugs or alcohol we involve the local police authorities in that investigation and that's what we've had occur, our normal protocol."

Kerrick said several students were smoking an e-cigarette -- and they put "liquid oil from a THC form in it," causing the sickness.

"It affected several of them in different ways," Kerrick said. "High blood pressure, fainting -- just nausea and stuff like that."

Police say only six students were treated and a 15-year-old was taken into custody.

"It was pretty obvious that all of them was pointing fingers at one another, and they narrowed it down, took him in there and he admitted to it," the sheriff said.

WDRB will not be releasing the boy's name, as juvenile records are sealed.

The investigation led detectives to a local gas station, where they executed a search warrant. After executing the search warrant, police say 33-year-old Amit Patel has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal simulation first degree. He is related to the owner of the gas station where officials executed that search warrant, Patel is also wanted by immigration for alleged violations.

"We've got items that are being sold, that are being sold to people that are essentially under the age of 18, and then also items that should not be sold at that location," Kerrick said.

Millay says all of the students involved have gone for the day and things are back to normal inside. Meanwhile, the superintendent says there will be charges against any student who brought an illegal drug or substance to the school

But for the rest of Friday, it was business as usual.

"I do think everyone is going to be okay," Dr. Millay said.

But it was still a bit much for some students, who decided to go home early.

"My parents didn't want me staying here and everything," Warren said. "You know, just in case."

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