A Halloween trick-or-treating event at Earhart Elementary School in Alameda, California, took a frightening turn as at least six families discovered THC-infused candies in their children’s bags.
The incident, which occurred during a PTA-sponsored “Trunk-or-Treat,” prompted a police investigation and a community-wide alert across the Bay Area.
One of the children, an elementary school student, inadvertently ingested the THC-infused candy, resulting in illness that required immediate medical attention.
Thankfully, the child is expected to recover, but the incident has sparked alarms for residents across the community.
“We do know the student appears to have ingested the candy unintentionally, the family got help and the student is stabilized and is doing well,” a school official stated.
In response, the Alameda Unified School District issued a district-wide email to parents, confirming that several families who had attended the event found the “cannabis-infused fruit chews” in their child’s Halloween candy.
According to one school official, the child brought home an edible that contained 10 milligrams of THC, the chemical responsible for the high-inducing effects of marijuana.
The district is collaborating with school staff and local law enforcement to investigate the source of the tainted candy.
The email urged parents to thoroughly inspect their children’s Halloween candy, specifically looking for “Lost Farm Cannabis-Infused Fruit Chews.”
These candies closely resemble popular Starburst sweets but are clearly labeled as “cannabis-infused.”
The Alameda Police Department also issued an alert to parents, warning them of the potential danger posed by the marijuana candies, which can closely resemble well-known brands.
The police also advised parents to check their child’s candy for unusual packaging, labeling or any signs of tampering.
Alameda Unified School District Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi expressed his gratitude for the swift actions of the parents during the event.
“Thankfully the student is doing very well, the student is back in school, the parents, we really want to appreciate them not only for giving their kid the obvious immediate attention they needed, but having the wherewithal to then reach back out to us,” he said.
Furthermore, Scuderi encouraged all parents to discard any candy acquired at the school event as a precautionary measure.
The incident has raised questions about how THC-infused candies ended up in children’s Halloween bags and prompted authorities to investigate the source.
The school district and police are currently working closely to determine the origin of the candies. Their message to the community is clear: exercise caution, inspect your child’s Halloween candy and report any suspicious items to law enforcement immediately.
As the investigation continues, Alameda police reminded residents in an advisory of the need to be vigilant when it comes to inspecting holiday treats.