Students punished after some overdose, pass out in class

The Associated Press
Wednesday November 15, 2000

LOS ALAMITOS — Three students accused of supplying drugs to three students who overdosed in class have been expelled from Los Alamitos Unified School District, officials said. The three students who overdosed on Soma, a prescribed muscle relaxant, also were suspended. 

“It’s something we take very seriously. Whatever decisions were made were in the best interest of the students and the school sites,” school board President Del Clark said Monday after the expulsions were announced. 

The overdoses occurred Oct. 18. One student, a 17-year-old senior, passed out in class and was hospitalized, said police Capt. Todd Mattern. Two other students displayed similar symptoms and were treated and released, he said. 

The three expelled students, ages 15 to 17, were suspected of supplying the drug.  

Police reportedly recovered hundreds of pills at the home of one of the students. 

The Orange County district attorney’s office is considering pursuing criminal charges. 

All six students, whose names were not released, were cited for violating an education code.