DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — Travis County sheriff’s deputies are investigating what happened at an east Austin school earlier this month that led to several students reporting hallucinations and one student being taken to the hospital.
“This kid passed out crystal meth and gave it out to the five of us and we ate it inside the gym inside fifth period,” Ismael Arellano, a seventh grader said.
School officials say on Monday, May 1, one student at Dailey Middle School brought a possibly illegal substance to school, which was given to and consumed by five other students. District officials say they cannot comment on what the substance was and how it was taken, where in the school they ate the substance or why the students took it.
Arellano says he knew what he was doing. The seventh grader says he and the other boys went to the back of the gym, away from a couple of teachers nearby and moments later he started feeling strange.
“[I felt] stuff crawling on me and seeing shadows,” Arellano said. “[The class] passing periods went by and I couldn’t feel my legs, so these two [administrators] had to carry me.”
Ismael’s mother says she didn’t find out what happened until the next day.
“For [school officials] to not tell me until Tuesday what happened and knowing that he was on this controlled substance Monday night, you know, he could’ve died and had a heart attack on my floor,” Ruby Ochoa, Arellano’s mother said.
The district released a statement saying in part:
Student safety is of utmost importance at DVISD. This was an isolated incident that didn’t involve any additional students and at no other time were other students in danger. If there was a danger to other students, parents would have been informed as part of our regular communication process.”
One parent tells KXAN they still have a lot of unanswered questions about what happened but the school did hold a meeting with students to talk about the dangers of drug use.
“I guess some cookies that were made and some kids ate them and there were some kids in the hospital due to the drugs,” says Dailey Middle School parent Estela Solarzano.
“If they’re in the gym and you seen these kids all huddled up together why didn’t y’all not send nobody over there,” Ochoa says.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what happened, but cannot release any other details.