2018-03-07 / Front Page

Sheriff, EMS investigate cupcake caper

BY ALLEN ESSEX
Reporter


SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND PARAMEDICS from Willacy County investigated a recent incident at the San Perlita school district. Cupcakes possibly laced with Xanax or some other drug were brought to the school as part of a class assignment but no proof of any drugs was found. No cupcakes were obtained for analysis, however. One girl was transported to a hospital for a medical condition said to be unrelated to the baked goods. 
(Photo by Allen Essex) SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES AND PARAMEDICS from Willacy County investigated a recent incident at the San Perlita school district. Cupcakes possibly laced with Xanax or some other drug were brought to the school as part of a class assignment but no proof of any drugs was found. No cupcakes were obtained for analysis, however. One girl was transported to a hospital for a medical condition said to be unrelated to the baked goods. (Photo by Allen Essex) Reports that tainted cupcakes were taken to the San Perlita school district Friday, Feb. 23, by students and that paramedics went to the school district that day have been confirmed by Superintendent Albert Pena on Thursday.

“Some cupcakes were brought here, it was part of a class assignment,” the superintendent said.

“Some of the students were experiencing some symptoms,” Pena said. An ambulance from Willacy County Emergency Medical Service, as well as Sheriff’s Department deputies, were at the school. Paramedics talked to students to assess the situation.

EMS Director Frank Torres said he and other paramedics talked to students and there was some concern that cupcakes or brownies may have contained Xanax or some other drug, but there was no definitive information.

Paramedics explained to students that, even if Xanax were in baked goods, the heat in the baking process would either render the drug or drugs ineffective or greatly weaken the effect.

One child was transported to a hospital but it was because of a medical condition that had nothing to do with cupcakes or brownies.

Sheriff Larry Spence said his officers went to the school but no one was arrested. Deputies made a report, but his department was also busy with the alleged violence threat at Lasara the same day.

School officials continued to seek information about the incident on Monday and Tuesday but did not get much information. Pena refused to disclose any information about any possible disciplinary action,

No baked goods were obtained for testing, the sheriff said.

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