Editor's note: This story has been updated with comments from Denison ISD Superintendent Henry Scott and additional comments from Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler.
The Denison Police Department opened an investigation into a report that a Denison High School student allegedly distributed six lollipops laced with LSD on Wednesday as one student who ate a portion of the candy had to receive medical treatment. But Denison Independent School District’s Superintendent Henry Scott said he believes the incident was actually a prank.
“From what I understand, there was a boy that passed out lollipops and made some statement that there was LSD in the lollipops,” Scott said. “At least one student ate it and thought that she was having some kind of attack. But there wasn’t anything that we know of that had any kind of drugs involved.”
Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said officers received a call from campus administrators at approximately 1:30 p.m. after a 14-year-old female student began to feel unwell. Eppler said a 15-year-old male student is believed to have brought half a dozen of the candies to the school and handed them out to other students.
“One of the students did eat at least part of one of those and then started complaining about feeling bad and being ill,” Eppler said. “So a parent was contacted and the student was taken for medical treatment. I don’t know the result of that.”
Eppler said the girl’s symptoms included “dizziness, crying and panicking.”
LSD is also commonly referred to as acid and is a psychedelic drug known for its hallucinogenic effects. It is typically either swallowed or held under the tongue and can be placed on blotter paper, sugar cubes or gelatin. The drug can also be injected.
Eppler said all the candies were confiscated by the department and have since been submitted for forensic testing to determine whether they contain LSD.
The Denison Police lieutenant said the results of the testing may determine whether any charges will be filed against the male student. Eppler said he did not know whether the Denison Independent School District would take any disciplinary action against the student.
Scott said the district did not believe students were in danger due to the prank.
“If in fact there was any kind of danger, parents would be notified,” Scott said. “That student would be punished big time but that’s not the case here at all. We think it’s just a prank. The police even looked into it.”
After being told of Scott's comments, Eppler maintained the lollipops were being sent to the lab to be tested and the department won’t know whether LSD was present in the candy until the results are received.