Henry County

4 Henry County students hospitalized after taking drug, 1 arrested, officials say

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — Parents at a local high school want answers after four girls took a drug in their school bathroom and had to be taken to the hospital.

Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes spoke to one Locust Grove High School student who said kids doing drugs at her school is nothing new, but she also said they're crazy to take a drug when they have no idea where it came from.

She said it happens often.

"It's honestly really bad," the student said.

Police said that on Friday morning, during first period, at least four girls bought a drug called GHB from a 15-year-old student.

Moments after they took it, they all passed out.

Officials quickly put the school on lockdown and called HazMat crews, not knowing what the girls took.

All four are recovering at local hospitals.

Students told Fernandes that the girls knew what they were taking, because they planned it the night before.
Locust Grove High School has a football game Friday night.

Officials thought about cancelling it, but they decided to go on and play the game.


Deputies said the 15-year-old female student who supplied the drug to her friends was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute GHB, possession of GHB, reckless conduct and disruption of a public school.

Henry County Schools spokesman J.D. Hardin released the following statement about the incident just before 11 a.m.:

"Emergency responders and school resource officers responded to a medical emergency this morning at Locust Grove High School after four students were reported to have ingested an unknown substance. As a result, the students were transported to area hospitals for treatment. There is a further investigation underway into the matter, but the most important thing at this point is the health and wellbeing of the students needing medical attention. They are currently receiving it at area hospitals. District leaders and school officials are supporting the school at this moment, and all classes are proceeding as scheduled."

The Sheriff's Office released the following statement:

"There has been a medical emergency at Locust Grove High School, involving four female students. These students are believed to have ingested a combination of some type of chemical and or drug. This is an isolated incident, and these are the only students involved. All four students have been transported to area hospitals. Locust Grove High School will remain on lockdown, while the investigation continues. We will update you when we have more information and the lockdown has been lifted."

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