A 13-YEAR-OLD girl has been arrested on suspicion of drug dealing after eight girls took Class B drugs at a school in Essex yesterday lunchtime.
Two girls were treated by paramedics on the school site while a third was taken to hospital after consuming the drug.
The incident happened at St Mark’s West Essex Catholic School in Harlow at 12.30pm yesterday.
Parents claimed the kids had taken THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, in liquid form.
St Mark’s head teacher Elaine Heaphy said: “On Thursday February 28, a pupil brought a substance into school.
“Subsequently, a small number of pupils felt unwell and notified school staff.
“They were taken to hospital as a precaution. All were discharged the same day without need for further medical attention.
“This unprecedented incident was dealt with quickly and efficiently, in accordance with health and safety procedures; the safety of pupils was paramount at all times.
A full investigation into the incident will now take place.
“The parents of the pupils involved have been fully supportive of the school and the way it dealt with the matter.”
An Essex Police spokeswoman said: “A 13-year-old girl from Harlow was arrested yesterday, February 28, on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs. She has been released under investigation.
“We were called around 12.30pm with reports that eight teenage girls had taken a Class B drug.
“Two girls were given medical treatment by paramedics, whilst a third was treated at hospital and has since been discharged.”