Letter to LHS parents regarding incident at campus

April 4, 2017


Dear LHS Parents and Guardians,


This afternoon, Lockhart High School’s administration was notified of a student needing medical attention in the school parking lot. Staff immediately contacted emergency services, and the student was transported by ambulance for additional medical assistance.


At this time, the school district does not have confirmation of the reason for the emergency; however, initial investigation leaves concern about the possibility of drug use. For this reason, I am sharing information for you to discuss with your children about a new wave of dangerous drug reactions in the area.


Last week in Austin, there were spikes in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) reports of bad reactions to a synthetic drug K2, also known as Spice, all within days of each other. Some of the symptoms include:  seizures and tremors, slurred speech or inability to speak, paranoia, hallucinations, vomiting, agitation, high heart rate and blood pressure, and even unconsciousness. Some people have been described to be in a “zombie like” state.


K2 is a drug referred to as synthetic marijuana. Manufacturers of this drug spray mind-altering chemicals on plant material that is smoked. The drug is very cheap, which makes it more easily available for children. It is easily accessible, often sold in stores or online as “herbal incense.” The drug is also very addictive and quite dangerous due to the chemicals. Click here to learn more about what K2 is and other important pieces of information to keep you informed and alert.


Please talk to your children about the dangers of K2, which can lead to life-changing damage and even death. Please tell them if they see or hear of anything unsafe at school, please speak with an adult so we can investigate and keep everyone safe. Our nurse and counselors are also available to speak with anyone who may be using this dangerous substance and need help.


I want to thank the staff who took quick action in calling emergency services, and I would also like to thank the emergency responders who provided immediate help for our student. We are grateful for their support in our community.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 512-398-0300.


Sincerely,


Deanna Juarez

Principal

Lockhart High School



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