Year 1 student gives mystery drug to classmates

A FURORE has erupted at an East Brisbane primary school, after a student brought mystery tablets to school and handed them out to fellow students.

The incident at Wynnum State School occurred on July 15 and was serious enough to warrant paramedics being called.

But parents are angry a letter wasn't sent out informing them and all of their questions have fallen on deaf ears.

According to an outraged parent, the Year 1 student brought some "medication" to school and handed it out to six children.

The tablets reportedly tasted like "chocolate and lollies".

"I don't know how many of the six children took the medication, but I do know that ambulances were called to the school," the parent said.

In a statement from the Education Department on Tuesday, a spokeswoman confirmed an incident took place and paramedics attended.

But a lack of communication to all parents about the ordeal has led to anger.

"There has been no global communication to the parents of the school about this incident. There has also been no confirmation about what type of "medication" it was.

"None of the parents have any idea what drug was dispensed."

The parent said there was a school assembly where the matter was discussed, but any attempt to gain further information had been met with resistance from the school.

 

Some parents aren't happy with Wynnum State School's response to the drug incident.
Some parents aren't happy with Wynnum State School's response to the drug incident.

 

Another parent attended a P&C meeting where she asked about the incident, but P&C members would only refer to the substance as "medication" and when pressed about what kind of medication it was, they refused to elaborate and said they had to "respect the privacy of the student and her family".

The parent acknowledged that Wynnum State School was "generally quite a good school" but she was "surprised and disappointed about their reaction to a very serious incident".

"The parents should be made aware of the incident so that they are in a position to discuss it with their children, as I did this afternoon, emphasising the importance of them never taking any kind of tablet or medication from another child and that, if such a thing did happen, they are to tell a teacher immediately," the parent said.

"I feel like there's a lot of secrecy about the incident, as if they don't want the news getting out into the greater public. But when children's health and/or lives are potentially at risk, shouldn't all care givers (parents and teachers alike) be made aware so they can take steps to protect their children?"

In response, an Education Department statement said: "The department can confirm that emergency services attended Wynnum State School on July 15 in response to an incident."

"Due to student privacy issues, no further details can be provided. The health and wellbeing of students is the department's highest priority."



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