VIDEO: 10 students ill from unknown substance at middle school in San Francisco

UPDATE: The school district says the substance that sickened the students is suspected to be cannabis. Read more here.

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Ten students are being treated for an unknown substance, possibly illicit drugs, Tuesday at James Lick Middle School in San Francisco.

Five of the students have been hospitalized after ingesting the substance. One of the ten students is in critical condition, but it is not life-threatening.

According to emergency officials: Seven of the students are green, meaning they are experiencing minor symptoms. Two students are yellow, or moderate symptoms like vomiting and nausea. One student is red, meaning extreme symptoms.

A San Francisco Fire Department mass casualty vehicle has shown up for others who may need to be treated on scene.

A city red alert has been activated, which allocates all ambulances to this location, according to San Francisco Fire officials.

Crews are treating ten victims and have assessed other students in the school.

San Francisco Fire says they are confident they have isolated it to the ten.

Police are asking residents to avoid the area of Noe and 25th Streets are they investigate and treat the students.

Classes are over for the day.


At about 1:20 p.m. today a student at James Lick Middle School came to the office reporting an illness after having ingested some kind of substance. Other students soon came forward having also ingested the substance, and medical providers at the scene were immediately notified. As of this time, 10 students have received medical attention.

School officials first contacted the parents or guardians of the affected students, and all other parents at the school were notified by phone soon after. All students were notified of the incident and told that they will not be in trouble if they come forward to seek medical help. The school has alerted parents to seek medical help if their child is experiencing symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, unusual behavior, or an altered level of consciousness.

The specific substance is still being determined.

Statement from the San Francisco Unified School District:

SFUSD staff members are working with emergency personnel to respond to an incident at James Lick Middle School. At this time it appears as though some students have ingested a substance that is causing adverse reactions. There are 10 known victims who have been identified as being affected. They are receiving medical care, and their families are being contacted.

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