CURRITUCK, N.C. (WAVY) — Two high school students were hospitalized with a likely drug overdose and a third student is facing charges in the case.
The Currituck County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident at 8:15 a.m. Currituck County Schools said in a statement that two students were taken to the hospital after an ambulance responded to a medical emergency.
As a result of the investigation, 18-year-old Xavier Corte Clark, of Moyock, was arrested and charged with delivery of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of weapons on school property. The sheriff’s office says the weapons, a BB gun and an air soft gun, were found in a vehicle Clark drove to the high school. Two utility razor knives were also recovered from the vehicle.
Fire and EMS Chief Chip Melton says the two students had collapsed, were unconscious and their symptoms were consistent with an overdose of synthetic marijuana, known as spice.
Melton says his department hasn’t had many spice calls recently.
“Lately, it’s been mostly heroin and hydrocodone. A few years ago, we had a rash of spice cases.”
According to the sheriff’s office, it was determined that the students were using an electronic vaping device to ingest what was believed to be THC — which is extracted from marijuana — while inside the school. The device was later found underneath the bleachers in the gym.
Students were held in first bell for an extended period of time to “ensure the safety and well-being of students.” A school district statement said the normal schedule resumed after about a 30-minute delay.
Clark was released on a $2,500 secured bond. He’s set to appear in court on Jan. 11.