Man and woman arrested after 17 schoolgirls fell ill from eating sweets laced with cannabis drug THC

A MAN and a woman have been arrested after 17 schoolgirls fell ill from eating sweets laced with THC – the active component of cannabis. 

Ambulances were scrambled to La Sainte Union Catholic School inHighgate, North London at around 11.45am on Monday after the teens – aged between 13 and 14 – were struck down by the sweets.

Cops confirmed this evening that a woman, 24, and a man, 41, were arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis and child neglect.

The arrested man has been released on bail while the woman remains in police custody.

It comes after a source told The Sun that the pupils' illness had been caused by a "bad batch of jelly babies".

Cops confirmed earlier this week they had detected THC in the sweets – the psychoactive chemical in cannabis.

And another family source said: “A bunch of year 9s took some cannabis edibles and passed out, and there was a lot of throwing up at lunchtime.”

Pictures taken by shocked witnesses show a line of ambulances outside the school on Monday afternoon.


Shocked dad Nsimba, 55, whose daughter attends the school, said everyone had “panicked” when the news broke on Monday morning.

Nsimba, a business student, told The Sun Online: “It’s very sad, and this incident worries me.

“But now the students know that these things are not good for them. They have to avoid doing it.”

But he said he was “confident” the school would get to the bottom of the issue. 

In a text sent to parents in the immediate aftermath of the incident, the school rushed to assure parents that the illness was not a Covid outbreak.

Parents have since been warned over innocent-looking cannabis sweets “50 times stronger than a joint” that are being sold online.

The ‘Medicated Nerds Rope Bites’ appear to be packaged for kids but actually have dangerous levels of psychoactive chemical THC.

The illuminous Nerds packet is marked up with “super potent formula, 600mg of THC” and says it has a “60 minute activation time”, the Daily Mail reports.

A 600mg dose of THC – which is found in cannabis – could be more than 50 times more powerful than a joint, which has 12mg of the substance, scientific studies suggest.

Packets of Medicated Nerds are available online with some sites selling them for just 6p.

The product is dispatched from the UK and the US but is mostly now sold out.

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