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Stewart County Students Treated For Hallucinogen

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by Todd Walker

STEWART COUNTY, Tenn. - Rural Stewart County experienced big city problems Wednesday after a little-known drug sickened several students.

School officials and law enforcement said they are taking the incident very seriously. The drug in question is called Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seeds.

It is a legitimate plant seed and is legal to buy. It mimics the high of LSD.

Five students at Stewart County High School were hospitalized after ingesting it Wednesday.

"This is the first time in my 24 years that I've dealt with anything like this," said Principal Mike Craig.

Craig said around noon Wednesday a parent and student came into the office saying the child had gotten sick the night before.

About that same time, Craig said several other students reported some sort of drug might be in the school, possibly LSD.

School officials said they searched the school, found the seeds and who they belonged to.

Craig said officials with the school district and the Stewart County Sheriff's Department interviewed about 20 kids who may have come in contact with the seeds and also had them checked out by medical personnel.

Only five students needed to be taken to the hospital.

Superintendent Dr. Phillip Wallace said there was a major emergency response at the school because no one was quite sure how to deal with the unknown drug at the time.

Poison control workers told officials and parents to get anyone with symptoms to the ER immediately because of potentially serious side effects.

Stewart County Sheriff Deryk Wyatt said the seeds are perfectly legal to buy, and the student in question reportedly got them online.

"It is illegal as long as you are taking it for the purpose of getting a high," Wyatt said. "But as far as being illegal to purchase this as a plant seed - there is nothing out there that we can find."

What is not clear is whether the students knew they were taking a drug or whether it could have been disguised or presented as something else.

School officials say they will get into that during their investigation, but their first response was to make sure the students were safe.

The Stewart County Sheriff's office is involved in this investigation, but there is no word on what criminal charges any students may face.

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