A California teenager was arrested Friday on suspicion of allegedly possessing 150 fentanyl pills — disguised as Percocet — at a junior high school that caused a school supervisor to overdose from exposure, according to local reports.
Bakersfield Police Department authorities told 17 News that authorities placed a 13-year-old Chipman Junior High School student into custody after responding to reports around 9:05 a.m.
Authorities reported the student allegedly possessing the deadly drug had been in an altercation with another student, which led to the supervisor interjecting and searching the student’s bag.
Robert Pair, a spokesman for the police department, said the supervisor did not ingest the pills. However, the drugs are an “inhalation hazard.”
A Kern High School police officer immediately administered Narcan to the supervisor before transferring the official to a local hospital for treatment.
Bakersfield authorities said the supervisor is in stable condition.
Authorities charged the 13-year-old student with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales and taken to Juvenile Hall, KGET reports.
It is unclear whether or not the highly addictive substances were sold or given to other students.
Bakersfield City School District officials closed the school offices temporarily to prevent further risk to staff and faculty members after authorities arrested the teenager.
District officials warned parents and guardians to inform their children about the dangers of fentanyl and apologized to the school community.
“I urge parents, please be aware of your child’s behavior and what they bring to school each morning,” Superintendent Mark Luque said in a statement to The Californian. “We live in a reality where our students have access to dangerous things.”
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