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SLED investigating possible synthetic marijuana found at school

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SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) SLED investigators were given samples of possible synthetic marijuana found at Socastee High School on Wednesday.

There is no given timeline on when investigators will determine if it indeed does test positive for the legal weed.

The investigation into the samples comes after two students had to be hospitalized Friday afternoon. Horry County Police believe the two had smoked synthetic marijuana, spice or K2 on campus.

Then on Tuesday another student was taken to the hospital, for what officers believe to be the same thing. There is no current conditions given on the three students who suffered from some kind of medical condition.

Horry County School officials have declined to comment on the situation at this time. Teal Britton with Horry County Schools did say they're hoping to gather information and school administrators to have an informed conversation about synthetic marijuana before the district can formally make a stance.

Braxton Chamberlain, 18, is a student at Socastee High School he says he believes about 20 people are smoking synthetic marijuana at school.

Chamberlain admits to smoking the legal weed himself, "I get to points where it's like so bad I have to put it down and get away from it for awhile or I will keep throwing up or it will keep getting you sick."

Chamberlain said he smokes it because of the intense high he gets.

Alan Holmes is an Horry County Resident who went to Socastee High his Freshman year of school. He thinks he knows why students may be getting a handle on it on campus, "I think they're able to access it easier being at school than being at home with their families."

Steven Bragdon, lives near the high school, he says he's noticed drug deals happening near or around campus. He believes the school board needs to take immediate action on those using even if it is technically legal. "Make them get their GED, let them see what it's like in the real world. Kick them out. Let them see what they have to do to get a real job," states Bragdon.

Horry County Police along with the Narcotics Division and area school resource officers are said to be working together to get a handle on this on-going problem.

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