Four children at a Poole school who mistook cocaine for sweets did not ingest the the Class A drug, the school have insisted.
The four pupils at Broadstone Middle School, on Dunyeats Road, were found in possession of the white powder substance on January 3 and were immediately taken to hospital. They were released on the same day, with medics confident that their health wasn’t affected.
School leaders contacted the police when they became aware of the substance and today said that the four students did not take the cocaine.
“A child at Broadstone Middle School was found in possession of a substance that the children thought was sweets. The school was suspicious of the substance believing it to be a drug and immediately called the police,” a joint statement from Dawn Will’s, the school’s headteacher, and Rhonda Moore, the executive headteacher of Castleman Academy Trust, said.
“While it was not believed any of the children had ingested the substance, four children were taken to hospital to be checked over. They were not found to have any health issues and were discharged the same day.”
A 32-year-old man has been arrested by Dorset Police in relation to the incident, as police try and work out how the substance made its way into the school grounds.
The school has since written to all parents at the school to “explain the situation and reassure them this was an isolated incident”. The statement added: “The school’s policies and procedures are robust and the school responded most swiftly to the incident demonstrating how seriously we take our duty of care towards our youngsters.