Denison Police said a half dozen of lollipops handed out at Denison High School last August contained no LSD, despite the hospitalization of one student who ate the candy and became unwell.


Lt. Mike Eppler said the six candies, which a 15-year-old male student initially told his classmates were laced with LSD, were forensically tested and found to contain no controlled substances or intoxicants. Denison Police responded to the school on August 24 upon receiving reports that a 14-year-old girl had eaten a portion of the candy and had begun to experience symptoms which included panicking, crying, and dizziness. Investigators confiscated the candies and submitted them for testing at a Texas Department of Public safety lab. Eppler said the results were received in early April.


LSD is commonly referred to as acid and is a psychedelic drug known for its hallucinogenic effects. It is typically swallowed or held under the tongue and can be placed on blotter paper, sugar cubes or gelatin.


“We’re certainly glad that there wasn’t anything in there that was dangerous,” Eppler said. “It’s unfortunate that it happened, but whenever you get information like that, we have to follow through on it just to verify if something really is a dangerous substance. And if so, there are other actions we have to take.”


Following the incident, Denison Independent School District Superintendent Henry Scott told the Herald Democrat in August that he believed the male student made the claims as a prank. It was unclear whether the Denison ISD administrators took disciplinary action against the student. Eppler said Denison Police would not file any criminal charges against the teenager.


“Anytime someone feels like they want to do something similar to this kind of prank, think about more than just yourself,” Eppler said. “It can affect you in a big way, but think about how it can affect other people and their lives.”