Bradenton, FL (February 2, 2019) - A 14-year-old student at Bradenton's Horizon Academy is facing charges after four students overdosed at the school on Friday, February 1.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office was called to the school in reference to a drug overdose. When they arrived, they discovered the students suffering from an overdose of an unknown controlled substance. One student had to be administered Narcan to combat the effects of the overdose. In total, three students were taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment. A fourth student was treated at the school and sent home with his grandmother.
Police say that the 14-year-old brought the drug from his home and gave it to the students. He was charged as a juvenile with Distribution of a Controlled Substance. The student who was charged was also treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
There is no further information available at this time.
Drug Laws in Bradenton
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