PASO ROBLES — Nine students at Lewis Middle School were treated after inhaling an unknown substance from a vape pen Friday morning, according to reports from the Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services.
Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services, San Luis Ambulance and the Paso Robles Police Department responded to the Daniel Lewis Middle School at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24, for the report of students exhibiting medical symptoms of an unknown nature.
In total, nine students were evaluated for symptoms that resulted from inhaling the unknown substance from a vape pen.
Per County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department EMSA policy a level 1 Multi-Casualty Incident was declared, PRDES officials stated. All patients were triaged according to EMSA guidelines and were eventually released back to parents or school officials. No patients were transported by ambulance to local hospitals.
Shortly after 1 p.m., the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Jennifer Gaviola issued the following release on the incident.
“Today at Lewis Middle School there was an incident involving multiple students in possession of and under the influence of a controlled substance. Site staff and emergency services responded quickly to the health needs of our students. All students were assessed and received the appropriate medical attention. Parents of students involved with this incident were promptly notified by the school site. Thankfully all students are have been released to parents and/or receiving medical attention.
“Vaping continues to be a concern for youth across our nation. Paso Robles Joint Unified School has held two town hall meetings regarding this teen epidemic; one of which was hosted by Lewis Middle School. Lewis Middle also hosted San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Department who did grade level assemblies focused on vaping this past Fall. We will continue to work to educate our students and families on the dangers of vaping. If you have concerns regarding your child and drug use, please do not hesitate to contact your site administration.”