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Five students treated at MMH following prescription drug issue at Massena High School


MASSENA - Massena Village Police Chief Timmy J. Currier confirmed Tuesday afternoon that village police are working with school officials on an investigation into prescription drug use at the high school.

“Since this is an on-going investigation, I can’t really say much more than that,” Mr. Currier said late Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Currier also confirmed reports that several students had ingested drugs while at school, but declined to use the term overdose.

“There were concerns medically involving four or five students,” he said.

Village police responded to assist Massena Rescue for one student and then responded to a second call at the high school approximately two hours later.

Interim Superintendent William W. Crist said at this point the district is simply collecting information, both for its own internal investigation and as part of its collaborative efforts with the village police department.

“We’re still investigating this,” he said. “What we do know is several students ingested prescription drugs at the school.”

When asked if the drugs were obtained from another student at the school, Mr. Crist replied, “We believe so, but we’re not sure yet.”

Mr. Crist said the incident involved both male and female students, several of whom were transported to Massena Memorial Hospital, some via ambulance and some by their parents.

“We would really like to thank the medical crews who responded from the rescue squad, he said, adding that at this point the health and well-being of the students involved is his and the district’s number one concern.

“Our interest right now is the health and safety of the kids,” the superintendent said.

Mr. Crist also said disciplinary action against the involved students has yet to be discussed, adding that any discipline that may be handed down by the school wouldn’t come until the high school administration completes its own investigation.

Criminal charges may also be pending in the matter, and Mr. Crist said the school is cooperating with village police.

“We have and will continue to cooperate with the police and medical staff handling this investigation,” he said.

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