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Teen charged with bringing pot brownies to Evanston High School

A 17-year-old Evanston Township High School student has been charged with marijuana possession after five students became ill after eating brownies he made containing a large amount of the drug.

School administrators Wednesday said he had baked the pot brownies, brought them to school and shared them with others.

Of the students who got sick after eating the brownies Feb. 1, four were taken to area hospitals for treatment and observation. A fifth refused treatment.

“It appears the students knew what they were eating,” school administrators said in a letter that was scheduled to go out Wednesday to parents.

School administrators said the student will face disciplinary action for violating school rules, which prohibit dispensing of mood-altering substances, or intending to do so, on school property or at school-related activities.

The offense is punishable by a 10-day outside suspension, possible social probation for one calendar year and perhaps expulsion. The students who knowingly ate the brownies also could be found in violation of the school’s ban on possession or use of mood-altering substances. They could face additional discipline for violating the extracurricular code if they are involved in any school activities.

In December, a 17-year-old Park Ridge girl was arrested for bringing brownies laced with marijuana to Maine South High School and trying to sell them for $10 apiece, authorities said.

By Karen Berkowitz, Sun-Times Media

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