14 students fall ill at Chicago-area school after eating gummy bears laced with marijuana


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NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Fourteen students from a suburban Chicago high school were taken to a hospital after eating gummy bears that may have been laced with marijuana.

"This candy made those students both uncomfortable and sick," according to a statement posted on Facebook from the Naperville School District.

The students went to the nurse's office at Naperville High School on Tuesday morning and were later taken to Edward Hospital. They'd complained of dizziness, dry mouth and accelerated heart rate, according to WGN.

"Our ER physicians suspect it was marijuana that caused the students' symptoms," hospital spokesman Keith Hartenberger told CNN. "However, confirmation that the substance was marijuana would have to come from the Naperville Police Department -- they were going to do the official testing."

Police suspected that the candy was spiked with a form of liquid marijuana. Tests were underway to determine what exactly was in the candy.

A 17-year-old student was identified as the possible source of the tainted gummy bears. He was questioned and released to his parents, according to WGN. Police and school officials said punishment was pending.

Information from CNN was included in this report

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