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May 22, 2022

UPDATE: Student who provided pot-laced cookies in MHPD custody

Morgan Hill Unified School District officials said the student who distributed the marijuana-laced cookies to fellow Live Oak High School students Friday morning is currently in custody with the Morgan Hill Police Department. It is unclear at this time what gender the student is, but school officials said the student is younger than 18.

At least four students became ill when they ingested what is believed to be pot-laced cookies today, on April 20 or “4/20” a counterculture day that is ‘celebrated’ by some by smoking or ingesting the drug. 

Administrators noticed unusual behavior from one student, with signs that the student was under the influence of a substance. After interviewing the student, administrators learned the student had eaten cookies provided by another student. 

Sophomore Peter James, 15, said one of the female students was a fellow sophomore in his 10:30 a.m. third period Algebra 2 class. A call came in to 911 about 11:40 a.m. today.

“I heard she passed out because she had three cookies,” he said. “She doesn’t seem like the person who would have done that. I know her pretty well because of class. I think if she would have known (they had marijuana), she would have only had one.” 

It is unknown what grades the other students are in, or what gender they are.

Manuel Rocha, 14, a freshman at Live Oak said he heard that “two girls passed out in the bathroom.”

All students that ingested the cookies agreed to a blood test administrated by MHPD to determine what type of drug was in their system and if anything else of harm could have been in the cookies. 

Medical personnel evaluated the students who ingested the cookies and all were released to their parents.

Parent Marjorie Mccone, who was waiting for her son who is a junior at the school, said she did not hear about the incident. 

“It’s always a concern,” she said. “You just hope your kids never do it.” 

“My son told me about it. He laughed about it, like ‘guess what mom?’ ” said Amy, a parent of a 16-year-old sophomore who declined to give her last name. She also said her son has been offered drugs in the past. “I think it’s going to happen,” she said. “It’s high school.”

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