Box Elder students could face charges for candies laced with alcohol, drugs

Posted at 1:20 PM, Nov 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-17 16:42:09-05

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah – At least three Box Elder High School students could be facing charges after another student reportedly went to hospital, claiming they ate candies laced with alcohol or drugs.

Box Elder School District Superintendent Dr. Ron Polman said Brigham City Police told the district about the gummy candy lacing incident.

Polman said the school does not believe the candies were widespread and kept to a limited level among just a few students.

The school district sent an email to parents warning them and encouraging them to warn their children to be suspicious of any candy not in original packaging.

No other doped candy incidents have been reported at the school at this time.

Below is the letter that went out to parents:

Dear Parents,

We want to make you aware of a child safety concern.

We have had reports of “gummy” candy such as the soft peach rings, gummy worms, etc. being injected with a combination of alcohol and prescription medication.  To our knowledge this has only occurred at Box Elder High School.

Law enforcement is aggressively pursuing this and has provided us with critical information at this time.  The candy appears to be repackaged in plastic bags and given or sold to other students.  At this point we believe this to be isolated to the Brigham City area, but want all parents to be aware of it so that you could visit with your students.  It is important to remind students to not accept candy or other substances that is not in sealed in unbroken packages.  This is also a good time to review your teachings and expectations regarding alcohol and drug use.

We do not think this is widespread, but we do want to be cautious and make sure we are all doing all we can to keep our children safe.

Thanks for your continued support and partnership with us.

– Dr. Ron Tolman, Superintendent