Hartford school closes after 13-year-old student overdoses on fentanyl

Hartford school closes after 13-year-old student overdoses on fentanyl

The Hartford Academy of Medical and Sport Sciences will be closed Friday after a 13-year-old student overdosed, the minor is in serious condition in the hospital, according to Mayor Luke Bronin.

Hartford school closes after 13-year-old student overdoses on fentanyl

Police believe the student overdosed on fentanyl.

The school will be closed and all classes will be canceled Friday. And there will be no remote learning option, Giuliano said.

“Thursday was an extremely difficult and challenging day for our school. However, I am very proud of all of our students and staff for their commitment to the safety of everyone on campus and for their patience while emergency services secured the building,” Principal Alison Giuliano said in a statement.

The superintendent, district administration, Hartford police, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and other agencies are conducting an investigation and will search the building.

Guiliano said a systematic search was conducted to ensure that any remaining material was removed from the school after the walkout. Now, the agencies will conduct tests and a complete cleanup of the campus before the building is reopened. This process is expected to take several days.

Two other seventh-graders may have also ingested the drug, Bronin said. Those two students were taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

A teacher was also taken to the hospital after suffering a panic attack, according to the school superintendent.

Police said officers went to the school at 280 Huyshop Ave. around 10:45 a.m. Thursday after receiving a report of an unconscious child.

EMS was performing CPR when officers arrived and the child was taken to Connecticut Children’s after a possible overdose.

Authorities found a powder-like substance in the gym, according to police. The substance was initially identified as fentanyl, Bronin said.

Several bags of the drug were found around the school, police said.

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