SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 23, 2013

Police: Pot brownies end NY students' visit on a sour note

BY JULIE MANGANIS
STAFF WRITER

---- — SALEM — Five upstate New York high school students on a class trip to the Witch City were hospitalized Friday evening after eating marijuana-laced brownies provided by a classmate, who will face charges, police said.

The students were from Saugerties High School and were near Salem Witch Museum, about to board their buses for the trip back to New York shortly after 6 p.m., when they began vomiting, said Salem Police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski.

The five students eventually confessed that they’d eaten the brownies, which were provided by a 17-year-old classmate, who was also sickened.

He admitted to police that he was responsible for distributing the brownies, said Prosniewski, and will be summonsed to Salem Juvenile Court next month on a charge of marijuana distribution.

(Under a recent change in Massachusetts law, 17-year-olds are now considered juveniles.)

The two buses bound for New York made their return trip without the five students, who were taken to Salem Hospital, forcing the parents of the teenagers to make the drive from New York to get them, Prosniewski said.

Messages left at Saugerties High School and with the Saugerties Police Department were not returned yesterday.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.