Third student taken to hospital for reaction to unknown drug

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - Another Socastee High School student was taken to the hospital for an illness believed to be caused by the use of synthetic marijuana.

According to Sgt. Robert Kegler, spokesman for the Horry County Police Department, this happened around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday at Socastee High less than a week after two teens were taken to the hospital for the use of an unknown substance.

Horry County Schools spokeswoman Teal Britton says the student was a 17-year-old male. The school district is currently working to confirm if another student was involved in this incident.

Kegler was unsure of the condition of the student taken to the hospital Tuesday, and similarly to last week, authorities believe the substance is synthetic marijuana.

The identity of the substance however will not be confirmed until tests are conducted by SLED.

Kegler adds that no charges will be filed until any illegal substances are found during the tests.

At this time Sgt. Kegler doesn't know any other specifics about the incident, such as where this occurred on campus of if other students were using the substance.

Sgt. Kegler doesn't believe the sample from last week has been sent to SLED yet. He says they tend to make two trips a week to Columbia and he doesn't think anyone has been sent yet since it's Tuesday.

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