Police say a 14-year-old was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child after an incident at a school in Penn Yan.
On April 5, the Penn Yan Police Department was called to Penn Yan Academy for a student who consumed an unknown substance.
Once on-scene officers found the student had consumed a concentrated cannabis gummy that was given to her by the 14-year-old.
The student was suffering from negative side effects, according to police, who say was transported to a hospital in Penn Yan.
The 14-year-old who gave the gummy to the student was taken to the hospital for a checkover. The school went into hold in place protocol during the incident.
In the press release, police said the 14-year-old was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child — but that disciplinary action was being taken within the school system.
The 14-year-old was released to a guardian and will appear in family court at a later date.
“It is important for people to know that concentrated cannabis is different from cannabis in leaf form,” the department said in the news release. “Concentrated cannabis is defined as the resin that is separated from the plant or any compound or substance that contains more than three percent by weight of cannabinol or other substances. The specific concentrated cannabis from this incident was listed as having over 84% THC. Leaf form cannabis typically ranges from 5% THC to 20% THC. Concentrated cannabis can be much more potent than regular marijuana and can have different effects on the user. As a result of the THC being concentrated, it can cause nearly instant highs. Some users have experienced hallucinations, extreme changes to behavior, drug induced psychosis and even overdoses.”
Police said parents should be aware of its side effects.
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