It has been reported that over 60 students who attend the Ocho Rios Primary School were rushed to the hospital via school bus yesterday after they bought and consumed a never-before-seen candy from an unknown vendor.
The candy, called Sour Belts, has been seen in the flavours rainbow and watermelon and is said to be laced with cannabis (ganja) or HTC.
A video was uploaded to X by Nationwide, that showed the bus filled with children pulling up to the entrance of the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital on Monday morning.
Take a look at the video below:
Further news with details of the incident state that the unknown vendor was told by the regular vendors that frequent the school that she should leave, which he did, however, it was later stated that the individual only left to make his way to the back gate where he continued to sell the sweets.
Law enforcement officials of the St. Ann’s police division are on a manhunt for the vendor and are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward and assist in finding him.
The package of the Sour Belts Candy warns that the sweet is not FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) approved and that it is not meant to be consumed by anyone who is under the age of 21. The triangular symbol on the package also shows, to anyone who knows, that the candy is made from hemp and cannabis plants and that THC is an abbreviation for Tetrahydrocannabinol. Tetrahydrocannabinol is a compound that is the main active ingredient in Ganja.
Some of the symptoms associated with the children who were rushed to the hospital are vomiting, dizziness, passing out, a bitter aftertaste, a feeling of weakness, and more.
Some concerned parents are petitioning to have all vendors who sell in front of the school removed in order to prevent further incidents like this one.
Watch the video below: