The Denison Independent School District released a media statement Friday that Denison High personnel determined no drugs were involved in a Wednesday incident at the school. The Denison Police Department is still investigating the situation in which a DHS student gave five lollipops to other students and said they were laced with LSD.
The police have sent the lollipops to be tested and are waiting on the results. Following the media statement from DISD, Lt. Mike Eppler said he was unable to speculate on the contents of the candy until the results from the tests are available. He said it may be several months before the test results are returned.
“The results of a thorough investigation by Denison High School personnel clearly indicate that the lollipops did not contain any drugs,” DISD said in its official media statement. “Reported incidents of this nature regarding our school or students are taken seriously by Denison ISD and investigated thoroughly.”
DISD Assistant Superintendent David Kirkbride said the investigation was conducted by the high school’s administration.
“They interviewed the student who had distributed the candy and he indicated that it was all a hoax,” Kirkbride said. “There was also no indication that there were any issues with any of the students. The one student that did go to the clinic there at the school that day was exhibiting no signs that there had been any drugs in there.”
Kirkbride also said details of the investigation could only be made available by the high school’s administration. DHS Principal Cavin Boettger did not return a voicemail left for him Friday afternoon seeking comment.
“At no time did any students display any ill-effects from ingesting the lollipops that were distributed,” DISD’s statement said. “One student reported to the DHS nurse’s office that she was not feeling well. The student was checked out of school Wednesday afternoon by her parents and returned to DHS the next day with no ill-effects. The student was not taken to a medical facility at any time due to ingesting a lollipop at school.”
DPD Officer Odis Luper, who works as a security officer at DHS, indicated several of the students who were given the lollipops believed it to be a hoax in his report. Eppler said he does not believe any DPD officers have communicated to the district a belief the incident was a prank.
“I don’t have any idea,” Eppler said of his personal opinion. “All we can work on is the evidence that we find and until we get results I’m not going speculate.”
Kirkbride had no knowledge of whether communication was distributed to parents on Wednesday regarding the incident.