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11 students fall ill at Miami middle school due to unknown substance

MIAMI (WSVN) - Students became sick at a middle school in Miami from an unknown substance.

Officials are trying to determine what the students ingested to make them sick, Tuesday afternoon.

According to Miami-Dade Schools, 11 students between the ages of 12 and 14 years old were complaining of feeling lethargic at Kinloch Park Middle School. Miami Fire Rescue responded to the situation and transported eight students to Jackson Memorial Hospital as a precaution. The other three students were taken to their homes.

“When they took the pills, I think it was in the morning,” one student said.

“They were taking drugs,” another student said. “The teacher, she figured out because they kept on falling asleep. They were acting really weird.”

Authorities believe this is the result of a student bringing pills onto campus. “It was a girl. An unknown substance was brought into the school by a student,” said Daisy Gonzalez-Diego, spokesperson for Miami-Dade County Schools. “That student has been disciplined according to the Code of Student Conduct.”

Some of the sick children were witnessed by their schoolmates. “They just called the principal, and they took them away in an ambulance,” said student Gabriel Duenes, “’cause the kid fell back down in the chair when they came to take him.”

The students complained of symptoms like dizziness or fatigue.

“Some of the kids were experiencing excessive tiredness,” said Miami Fire Department Capt. Ignatius Carroll. “They seem to be sleepy. According to the teachers, they didn’t want to stay awake. Some would complain about being dizzy.”

Miami-Dade Schools Police are now investigating the incident.

Officials said the students, for the most part, felt fine and were said to be in good condition.