4 Platte County high school students taken to hospital


PLATTE CITY, Mo. (KCTV) – Police say four Platte County High School students were taken to hospital after taking over-the-counter drugs.

First responders were called to the high school around 11 a.m. Thursday.

“During a medical call regarding a student who ingested what he thought may be poison,” said Platte City Police Chief Joe Wellington. “We got there, we found that was not the case. Several students, for unknown reasons, had ingested over-the-counter pills.

Wellington says officers think they know what over-the-counter medications were taken, but are working to confirm it.

All four students had non-life-threatening symptoms of poisoning or overdose.

“Our concern was the welfare of the children, ensuring they received medical care,” Wellington said.

Investigators believe the students consumed the drug for “recreational effects”.

The school district sent a safety bulletin to parents that read: “This morning, PCHS was placed on a ‘hold-in-place’ status as it dealt with several student medical situations requiring an ambulance. Hold-in-Place is a school security protocol where students are removed from the scene of the incident or asked to remain in classrooms with the doors secured and instruction continues, and people are kept away hallways or public areas so that school officials can assess a situation and/or medical professionals can assist. »

“I’m just asking parents to talk to your kids,” Wellington said. “If you don’t have a reason to take something, don’t take it. If you don’t know what it is, don’t take it. If someone hands you something and says, “Here, try this,” don’t take it. It’s a great example.

The incident is being referred to the Platte County Juvenile Bureau.


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