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Students evaluated following vaping incident at Paso Robles middle school

Posted at 2:51 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 19:50:24-04

UPDATE (4:50 p.m.) – School officials tell KSBY the substance was concentrated cannabis.

One student is reportedly still receiving treatment.


(2:51 p.m.) – Multiple students said to be in possession of and under the influence of a controlled substance were evaluated by medics Friday morning following an incident at Daniel Lewis Middle School, according to district officials.

Officials with the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services said they along with San Luis Ambulance and Paso Robles police responded to the school on the 900 block of Creston Road at about 11 a.m. after a 911 call was made reporting “a student exhibiting medical symptoms of an unknown nature.”

Officials say a total of nine students were evaluated, prompting a Level 1 Mass Casualty Incident to be declared, and the symptoms later determined to be from “inhaling an unknown substance from a vape pen.”

The Paso Robles Unified School District says all students were assessed and are either receiving medical care or were released to their parents. Fire officials say no one was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

The school district says vaping is an ongoing problem for youth across the nation.

Town hall meetings regarding the “teen epidemic” were recently held, including one hosted by Daniel Lewis Middle School.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office last fall also conducted assemblies at the school focused on vaping.

The school district says it will continue to work to educate its students and families on the dangers of vaping.