4 Hope middle school students taken to hospital after suspected drug-related incident; 12-year-old in custody

Yerger Middle School in Hope, Ark.
Yerger Middle School in Hope, Ark.(KSLA)
Published: Apr. 6, 2022 at 2:34 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2022 at 1:43 PM CDT
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HOPE, Ark. (KSLA) - Four students at Yerger Middle School were taken to a local hospital after a suspected drug-related incident on campus.

The school system posted a statement on Facebook Wednesday afternoon (April 6) addressing the incident. School officials say around 11 a.m., four students began showing signs of medical distress. Administrators immediately rendered medical assistance and the students were taken to a local hospital.

Administrators then notified Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Crossley, who decided to contact law enforcement. Hope Police officers searched the campus for drugs. School officials say the parents of all the students involved have been notified. Classes are continuing as usual.

“HPS administration, and the staff of each of the district’s schools, take safety very seriously. At HPS we’re committed to maintaining an environment free of illicit substances. We will use this as an opportunity to have continuing conversations with students about the dangers of prescription, non-prescription, and illegal drugs,” the statement read in part.


Posted by Hope Public Schools on Wednesday, April 6, 2022

School administrators say one juvenile was taken into custody for questioning. One dose of Narcan was used on a student on campus.

Hope police say a 12-year-old male has been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. He had a hearing Thursday morning in front of a juvenile judge and will be sent to a juvenile detention facility.

Police are still investigating what drug was given to the affected students.

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