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K.G. High students face drug charges

Two King George High School students have been charged after an incident last month in which one of them suffered an apparent drug overdose.

A drug transaction took place March 28 at King George High School, Sheriff Steve Dempsey said.

A 16-year-old boy obtained a small amount of marijuana and an undetermined liquid from a 17-year-old student and ingested the liquid while at school.

Dempsey said the student began feeling bad and left the school. He called a parent from an off-school location and was taken home.

He was later taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital and then flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond to be treated for a serious reaction to the drug. He has recovered from the incident and is back home, Dempsey said.

Dempsey said none of the liquid substance was recovered. Police believe it was either PCP or LSD.

The Sheriff’s Office this week charged the 17-year-old student with possession of marijuana, distributing marijuana, distributing marijuana on school property and possession of a Schedule II drug. The latter charge stems from a prescription pill found on the student.

The 16-year-old was charged with possession of marijuana. The boys are not being named because they are juveniles.

Dempsey said the incident spurred several false rumors, including stories that up to 50 students were involved in the incident and that several needed medical treatment.

The sheriff said the investigation thus far has implicated only the two students charged.

Dempsey said the school superintendent and the high school principal have worked closely with the Sheriff’s Office on the investigation.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404