Student will not face charges for giving Xanax to others at Kinloch Park Middle School

Some sickened students returned to school Wednesday, school officials say


MIAMI – A female student will not face charges for giving Xanax pills to other students Tuesday at Kinloch Park Middle School in Miami, Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego said.

Gonzalez-Diego said the student was not arrested and will be disciplined based on the Code of Student Conduct.

School officials said a teacher noticed that some students were exhibiting strange behavior Tuesday morning and called the school nurse.

"The kid fell back down in the chair when they came to take him," one student, Gabriel Duenes, said. 

Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said four students, who were in separate classrooms, were first taken to the nurse's office.

He said it was later determined that the students had been together earlier in the morning when they each ingested a pill.

"As we were evaluating them, we understand that additional students were exhibiting the same symptoms and they were all brought to the office," Carroll said.  

School officials said paramedics treated 11 students, including six boys and five girls, at the school. 

The students complained about feeling extreme tiredness, nausea, dizziness and other complications. 

All students were stable after the incident, but the initial four and four others were taken to a hospital as a precaution, authorities said.

Gonzalez-Diego said some of the sickened students returned to school on Wednesday.

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