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4 students hospitalized after eating ‘foreign substance’ at school

ATLANTA — Several students at an Atlanta high school were hospitalized Monday after ingesting a foreign substance at school.

Atlanta Public Schools officials said four students at Carver Early College High School got sick after eating something they got from a classmate.

Administrators told Channel 2′s Michael Seiden that they are conducting their own investigation, which could result in a number of different punishments for any student involved in what happened.

The school district’s police department is conducting a criminal investigation to determine what substance these students ingested.

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The mother of one of the students who ate the candy described the incident as one of the scariest moments of her life.

“One of the students had passed out candy to a couple students and told them to eat it,” the mother told Seiden, asking not to be identified.

She said she was at work getting ready for a meeting when she got the frantic call from school.

“Hey! Your daughter’s unresponsive. She’s taken something. We’re not sure what it is. We need to get you up there as soon as possible,” the mother said.

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She said as soon as she arrived on campus she watched in fear as her 15-year-old was loaded into an ambulance.

“As a mother, what’s going through your mind as she’s getting rushed to the hospital?” Seiden asked the mother.

“Jesus, prayers,” the mother said.

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She said eventually her daughter regained consciousness

“This is very serious. My baby was unconscious for four hours. I want everyone to know that this is not OK,” the mother said. “Talk to your kids. Communicate with your kids, and kids, talk to your parents. if something’s not right, it’s OK to tell them. It’s OK not to be cool. You can save somebody’s life.”

The district said it’s possible that students could face disciplinary action depending on the findings of their investigation.

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