Cleveland police: Nine students taken to hospital after eating marijuana gummy bears

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CLEVELAND-- Emergency crews responded to a school on Cleveland's east side Monday afternoon.

About 14 students at Anton Grdina School were given marijuana gummy bears, the Cleveland Division of Police said.

Paramedics took nine children who were complaining of illness to Rainbow Babies And Children's Hospital, according to police. They ranged in age from 5 to 9 and are listed in stable condition.

The parents of the five other students declined going to the hospital.

A Cleveland Metropolitan School District spokeswoman said three students were handing out the candy at lunch when some of the aides noticed the odd wrapper. The children said they got the gummy bears from home.

"Although we have not yet received a report on the suspicious candy, the principal used the opportunity to remind parents and caregivers of the importance of keeping medicines and other items that may be harmful to children locked up to ensure the safety of all students," CMSD said in a statement.

Anton Grdina is a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school on East 71st Street.

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