One teen dead, four hospitalized after suspected fentanyl exposure at Alabama high school One teen dead, four hospitalized after suspected fentanyl exposure at Alabama high school

One teen dead, four hospitalized after suspected fentanyl exposure at Alabama high school

One teen is dead and four were hospitalized after possible exposure to fentanyl at an Alabama high school, illustrating once again the deadly toll of President Joe Biden’s porous southern border.

Police were called to Selma High School in Selma, Alabama, on Tuesday after a 16-year-old student fell unconscious in the school cafeteria. During the course of the afternoon, four additional students were transported to the emergency room.

Despite the use of NARCAN on campus, the 16-year-old never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at Vaughan Regional Medical Center, according to officials.

Investigators ordered an autopsy on the deceased and bloodwork from the other four students, believing the incidents are linked to a painkiller that may have been laced with fentanyl, according to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson.

“I don’t know what these kids took,’’ Jackson said. “They were sick enough to go to the emergency room. It doesn’t take much [fentanyl] to kill you.”

Selma Police Capt. Natasha Fowlkes said investigators are awaiting toxicology results before making any declarations.

Police were on campus Wednesday, continuing their investigation, according to WFSA12, while the small central Alabama community mourned the loss.

“Truly, yesterday was a tragic day in Selma,” Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. said in a statement. “We lost another child, and several children needed emergency care at the hospital.”

“There is nothing easy about losing a child and the agony of sitting in an ER waiting to find out whether your child will be okay is a pain no parent should endure,” Perkins said. “To the family, schoolmates, and friends of the deceased, know that your mayor has a heavy heart and grieves with you. Because the deceased is a juvenile, I will not mention him by name, just know that his death is very close to me. I considered him a son.”

Selma City Schools posted a statement to Twitter, expressing shared grief and assurances that the district is working with police to answer all the community’s questions.

“As a community, we are deeply saddened by the death of this young scholar,’’ Selma City Schools Superintendent Zickeyous Byrd said. “We ask for prayers for the young man’s family, the faculty, staff and students of Selma High School as we all continue to grieve. This is such a shock for our Saints Nation family.”

Community members and state leaders weighed in on the tragedy.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of the Selma High School student,” Alabama State Superintendent of Education Eric Mackey wrote, sharing the district statement to his own Twitter account. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, classmates, teachers, administrators, and all those impacted. Counselors & other staff members will be onsite to provide counseling and support services.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 75% of all drug overdose deaths are linked to fentanyl, with more than 100,000 people in the U.S. dying of drug overdose in 2021. Fentanyl poisoning has become the primary cause of death for Americans aged 18-45.

In October, Customs and Border Protection intercepted a load of fentanyl pills at the Arizona-Mexico border hidden inside tamales and another 12,000 pills were confiscated at LAX disguised as candy.

 

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