On the afternoon of April 5, 2022, a middle school student was brought to the nurse’s office with health issues. Soon thereafter, other students reported similar issues. Middle school administration and health personnel determined the affected students had all been in the same class and had consumed the same candy.
Out of an abundance of caution administrators called for EMT assistance, notified the school resource officer, and began checking all other students reported to have eaten the candy to ensure they were not experiencing issues. Parents of all students affected were notified.
After thorough investigation and testing involving middle school administration and school resource officers, it was determined there was no evidence that students had ingested any foreign substance or illicit drugs. All students involved are reported to be fine.
The middle school released a statement in the late afternoon on the 5th in an attempt to reassure parents because of the stir created by the emergency vehicles and the investigation. The parents of students directly affected in this situation were contacted.
Much misinformation and speculation swirled on social media last night, necessitating clarification that the end result of this situation was that a student experienced a health issue at school. Please know that student health and safety remain a top priority of the Siloam Springs School District.