SEEKONK, Mass. (WHDH) – School officials in Seekonk are warning parents and students to be on the lookout for some dangerous seeds.
According to a memo from the Seekonk school superintendent, students are eating the seeds because they give them a high.
The memo says the seeds give off a high resembling LSD, causing hallucinations, nausea and vomiting.
Some of the seeds in question are Sleepy Grass, Hawaiian Baby Woodrows and Blue Morning Glory.
A worker at a local garden store says he saw this back in 2009.
Some students from a nearby school district were hospitalized after ingesting the seeds.
A Home Depot in Somerset has reportedly stopped selling the seeds.
School officials warn parents that they may still be sold at other stores.
Seekonk Public Schools posted this statement on their website Wednesday:
“In response to the number of inquiries that I have received regarding the ingestion of flower
seeds in our schools, I would like to provide a clear accounting of the situation so that
information is shared in an accurate manner.
The issues of seed ingestion came to my attention last week when I was informed that students in
a neighboring school district required hospitalization following the ingestion of plant seeds. It is
my understanding that the seeds, Sleepy Grass, Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, and Blue Morning
Glory, were being sold locally.
If you conduct a quick internet search, you will note that this is not a new phenomenon. In fact,
the ingestion of such seeds goes back to the 60’s when kids were trying to replicate the effects of
LSD. It is not uncommon to see old trends re-emerge. The information is readily available.
The district works closely with our police department, particularly with our School Resource
Officer. We are vigilant, proactive, and responsive so that a one-time incident does not become
a larger problem. Ultimately, our goal is to make sure that we are not only well-informed, but
that we are pre-emptive in our maintenance of student safety. This includes notifying staff,
students, parents, and members of the community.”
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