Police: Md. student fell ill after eating brownie that may have contained synthetic pot

WASHINGTON — A student in Prince George’s County who fell ill after eating a brownie at school was taken to the hospital Friday — and the student who supplied the baked good is now facing charges.

Prince George’s County police said they are trying to determine what was in the brownie, but that it may have contained synthetic marijuana.

The incident at Charles Flowers High School in Springdale, Maryland, occurred on April 20 — a day in which marijuana use is celebrated.

Investigators said a number of students ate the brownies at the start of the school day. Only one of the students was taken to the hospital and later released. Three other students were picked up by their parents because they were not feeling well, according to a spokesman for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

In a tweet, police said they had identified the student who they believe brought the brownie onto school grounds and that charges against her are pending.

“We don’t know if that brownie made her ill,” said Cpl. Lamar Robinson, with the Prince George’s County police. “We just suspect it. This is an ongoing investigation at this time. The other individuals who consumed that brownie are expected to be OK.”

Robinson said police would like to talk to any students who have information about the incident. He recommended parents talk to their children about the dangers of drugs and eating unknown food items.

On Wednesday in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, several students became ill after police said a 15-year-old girl sold them brownies laced with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

WTOP’s Jack Moore contributed to this report. 

Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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