Don’t bring marijuana snacks to school, police remind students and parents

The DRPS is trying to educate parents and children after snacks containing marihuana were brought into the same elementary school in Oshawa on two occasions.

According to police, a Grade 6 student brought home-baked cookies into the Oshawa school as a treat last Monday (May 14). After consuming the cookies, four students, aged 11 and 12, reported feeling dizzy and euphoric.

The DRPS was called in to investigate by school officials on May 16.

 Investigation revealed that one parent had made the cookies for a spouse with a medical marihuana license. Some of the batch had been taken from the home without consent by an older sibling but somehow ended up in the Grade 6’s backpack. As part of this investigation, the Children’s Aid Society was called in to conduct a review.

 In a completely separate incident involving other kids the week before, THC-infused gummy bears had been consumed in the same elementary school. In that incident, four children in Grade 7 and 8 (aged 12 and 13) reported feeling dizzy and euphoric after consuming a gummy bear brought in by one of the students. It is unknown how the child came into possession of the gummy bears, as they were not made at home.

 Officers have also taken the time to educate students, parents and teachers in both the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Board about the dangers and risks of consuming psychoactive chemicals at such an early age. Images of the pre-packaged gummy bears have been circulated to staff members so they are familiar with what the product looks like,” a police press release reads.