7 students taken to hospital

April 09, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - Seven Hedgesville High School students were taken to City Hospital near Martinsburg, W.Va., Wednesday after school officials believed the students took caffeine pills, said Principal Frank Aliveto.

After school officials discovered the students took the pills, ambulance personnel recommended that the students be taken to the hospital to determine what they had taken, Aliveto said.

"I don't think they knew what they took. That's the reason we sent them down there," said Aliveto.

The seven students, apparently all girls from the ninth and 10th grades, were treated and released from City Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.


Four of the students were taken to the hospital by an ambulance and the remaining three were taken by their parents, Aliveto said.

Aliveto said he believes the students received the pills from another student.

No disciplinary action had been taken against the students as of Wednesday.

Students are not allowed to take any medication on school property unless it is given through a prescribed procedure, Aliveto said.

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