BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Local advocates are expressing concern after a sixth grader brought THC gummies to Southeast Middle School.

The EBRSO School Drug Task Force responded to a call at Southeast Middle School in reference to four students taking THC gummies. One student was taken to the hospital for treatment out of an abundance of caution.

The investigation revealed that a 12-year-old allegedly brought the gummies to school and shared them with three other students at their request. The 12-year-old was booked into Juvenile Detention for distribution of schedule I, violation of a controlled dangerous substance in a school zone, and possession of marijuana.

The other three students, also sixth graders, were issued a summons for possession of contraband on school property and released to their parents. The investigation is ongoing.

Baton Rouge mental health and substance abuse advocates express how “all gummies are not created equal,” especially when laced.

“You know marijuana weed, cannabis, is not like it was back in the day,” said Myles, explaining how different levels of THC can affect a child’s body.

Myles encourages parents to lock up THC or CBD gummies, treating them like any other form of medication.

“For whatever reason you used them for, to be mindful, and put them in a safe space because it’s enticing to a kid, it’s colorful and they think it’s candy and it’s not and then we start having experiences like these,” said Myles.

We reached out to the East Baton Rouge School System about further safety measures and they declined to comment at this time.