Juvenile arrested after multiple Seymour High students hospitalized from sharing vape pen

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Seymour police have arrested a juvenile after seven Seymour High School students were hospitalized Thursday morning after smoking a marijuana-laced vape pen.

Deputy Chief Roberto Rinaldi told News 8 the 15-year-old female student was arrested for distributing the unlawful substance in school that caused several classmates to fall ill.  She was charged with:

  • Risk of Injury to a Minor
  • Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Illegal distrubution of narcotics

The unnamed girl has been referred to Waterbury Juvenile Court.  Meanwhile, we are told more arrests are possible.

A “stay put” order was given for students at least twice while narcotics officers brought in drug-sniffing canines to sweep the entire building.  Rinaldi says officers were able to recover the vape pen in this incident, which is now being tested at the crime lab.

This latest incidents comes just a few months after Seymour High assistant principal Paul Lucke was arrested for DUI.  Around the same time a 16-year-old ex-Seymour football player was charged with sexually assaulting a teammate in the team’s locker room.

Calls to Seymour Public Schools superintendent Michael Wilson have not been returned.  Wilson did release a statement saying the district takes student safety very seriously.

Seymour High School Principal Jim Freund says that at around 8:30 a.m., the school went into a “Stay Put” due to an incident invoving multiple students sharing a vape pen at the school at 2 Botsford Road.

Freund says that a student who became ill, along with the other students who shared the vape pen, were all transported to the hospital for a medical evaluation. Their current conditions are unclear at this time. 

News 8 was on the scene where ambulances remain at the school and paramedics could be seen rushing inside. 

Officers and a police dog also came into the school to assist in the investigation and to make sure that no illegal substances were in the building. 

The Superintendent says that all students are safe and this is now an ongoing police investigation. 

The full message from the Superintendent and Principal can be read below: 

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