Students ill after eating tainted lollies
TWO students have been transported to Redcliffe Hospital and two to Royal Prince Charles Hopsital after eating a copper based campfire product at Deception Bay North State School.
Queensland Ambulance officers were called to the school about 2.20 this afternoon amidst reports the students had eaten lollies laced with synthetic drugs.
QAS are currently assessing a number of students at a Deception Bay state school after ingesting a yet to be determined substance.— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) August 1, 2016
However during a press conference at the school about 4.30pm QAS operations supervisor Peter Batt said the children actually ate something called Mystical Fire - a copper based product which turns campfire flames blue.
Parent Rodney Walker told the Caboolture News that the substance was given to children by a non-student in a black hoodie.
"I was told there was someone in a black hoodie who gave them to someone," he said.
Moreton Bay district inspector Lee Jeffries said police are not investigating the matter.
"The only thing I can add to that is it's not an illicit drug. it's commercially available novelty substance," he said.
"At this stage it is suspected it was introduced by students, but the school is conducting their own investigations and they're yet to determine exactly how it was brought into the school.
"A number of students have spoken to the school staff about sharing the substance, but it's yet to be identified as the actual source."
Earlier a spokesman from the Queensland Department of Education said 25 students were treated "for a range of symptoms."
"The school followed the correct procedure and took immediate action to notify Emergency Services and parents," the spokesman said.
"The safety and welfare of students and staff is always the school's highest priority.
"The Principal is investigating the cause of the incident and if necessary, will take appropriate disciplinary action in line with the school's Responsible Behaviour Plan for Students.
"Inquiries regarding the assessment and treatment of the students should be directed to the Queensland Ambulance Service."