Three Covington High School students were being treated for possible drug overdoses that likely occurred while they were at school Thursday, police said.
The resource officer at the 1,500-student school was notified of an unresponsive student about 1 p.m., according to Covington Police Chief Tim Lentz. Medical personnel were called, but before they arrived, another unresponsive student was reported, Lentz said.
Later, about 2 p.m., a third student had a medical emergency, and emergency responders were called to the school again.
All three students were being treated at local hospitals, Lentz said. Available information suggested drug overdoses, he added.
A school system spokeswoman confirmed that three students were taken from the school with medical conditions and that their parents and authorities were notified.
Parish schools Superintendent Trey Folse did not directly address Thursday’s events but issued a statement saying the school system works closely with law enforcement to maintain safe and drug-free campuses. He encouraged parents to talk with their children about the potential dangers of illegal drug use.
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