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Alma Bryant High School on Thursday, November 2, 2017 (FOX10 News) Alma Bryant High School on Thursday, November 2, 2017 (FOX10 News)
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Some parents have contacted us wanting to know why Mobile County Public School System officials didn't let them know about the drug laced candy incident.

Thursday morning, Bayou La Batre Police said they got a call that five girls and one boy, ages 15 to 17, ate drug laced gummy bears.

They were taken to the hospital, treated, and released.

Police said three male students have been arrested and charged with unlawful distribution.

Two more students were being interviewed for possible involvement.

FOX 10 News talked to parents today about the incident.

One said, "This is unusual for our area. We don't normally have this kind of stuff happen."

A woman with two children at the school says she, too, was surprised, as were her children.

She said, "They were surprised, too, actually.  I think pretty much anybody would be to hear about something like that at their school." 

But some parents contacted FOX10 News wondering why the school system didn't notify them about the incident.

Rena Phillips with the Mobile County Public School System said parents were not notified because the system leaves it up to the individual schools to determine whether a call is needed.

Philips said the front office fielded questions from parents but, with the case being under investigation, administrators were limited in what they could say.

Thursday, Superintendent Martha Peek told FOX10 News the school immediately went into action following their safety plan and that the system has preventive measures in place, like random drug searches in schools, to try to make sure incidents like this don't happen.

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