MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – A Mexico City school was hit Thursday by a mass ingestion of tranquilizer pills at another educational center in the state of Monterrey.
Police in Mexico City said eight students at a secondary school in the center of the capital were treated by paramedics after consuming a “controlled drug” and three of them were taken to hospital.
Officials did not specify which drug it was, but in Mexico the term “controlled drug” usually refers to analgesic, sedative or psychotropic substances.
Julio Cesar Sanchez said his daughter, a ninth-grade student, knew of two students who were affected after consuming a “banned substance,” but school officials had not yet notified parents that what it was.
The incident came a day after three students from another high school near the northern city of Monterrey were treated for a dose of clonazepam, a tranquilizer or sedative.
Daniel Carrillo, the mayor of San Nicolás de los Garza, a suburb of Monterrey, confirmed the incident on his Twitter account, adding that he was also under surveillance on Thursday and was grateful that “it didn’t happen to the big companies.”
The pills play a major role in a social media trend known as the “clonazepam challenge”, in which students compete to be the “last person to fall asleep”. The pills can cause excessive drowsiness.
Sanchez, a father from Mexico City, said his daughter’s school had talked about the challenges of social media.
“Unfortunately, these things can drive kids to extremes,” he said. “Freedom in social networks can lead to good or evil,” he insisted.
In late 2022, students were mass poisoned in at least three secondary schools in different parts of the state of Chiapas in the south of the country.
In these cases, authorities did not explain the reasons, but in one incident parents assured that minors drank water laced with some drug because several of them tested positive for cocaine.