Students treated after taking pills at school


PROSPECT — Five Long River Middle School students were taken to the hospital last Friday afternoon for precautionary reasons after consuming prescription medication one of the students brought to school from home.

The students were all eighth-graders and 13 or 14 years old, the police report states. The students were showing minor effects from the medication, according to the report, and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital by ambulance for evaluation. Police reported none of the students were injured.

School officials called 911 at about 1:15 p.m. to report that the students had taken prescription medication. The students were brought to the nurse’s office for evaluation while they waited for ambulances to arrive, the report states.

Police reported the students took two different types of medication — one used to treat overactive bladders and another prescribed to treat anxiety disorder. One student had taken the medication from home and gave it to the other students, the report states.

The incident remains under investigation by Prospect police, the report states.

Students from Beacon Falls and Prospect, two towns that comprise the Region 16 school district, attend Long River Middle School.

Region 16 Superintendent of Schools Michael Yamin said he couldn’t discuss the incident in detail. He said initial disciplinary action has been taken, and the students may face further disciplinary action.

To the best of his knowledge, Yamin said, the incident marked the first time something like this had happened at Long River.

“We’re addressing the situation with students, administrators, parents and the support staff,” Yamin said.

Parents were notified of the incident in a letter sent home on Friday and via an emergency notification, Yamin said. Students and staff were directed to shelter-in-place at Long River during the incident, Yamin wrote in the letter.

“At no time were members of the Long River community, who were not directly involved in the incident, in any danger,” Yamin wrote in the letter. “All students and staff were asked to remain in place until approximately 2 p.m. until the situation was in hand.”