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10 students hospitalized after ingesting unknown substance at SF middle school

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San Francisco police and fire responded to a medical emergency Tuesday afternoon at James Lick Middle School in the Mission-Dolores neighborhood that resulted in 10 students being hospitalized.

The students ingested a substance that caused “adverse reactions,” according to San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman Jessica Wan.

Around 2:55 p.m., police said on Twitter that medical personnel and officers were responding to the school, located at 1220 Noe St.

Seven students have minor injuries, two have moderate injuries, and one is experiencing critical but non-life threatening injuries, according to Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a San Francisco Fire Department spokesman.

The students are currently receiving medical care and their parents have been contacted, according to Wan.

Authorities have not yet determined what substance the students ingested, but the Department of Public Health is investigating the incident.

There were reports that additional students ingested the substance and were being treated inside the building, but Baxter said that information
was incorrect.

He said there was a separate, unrelated medical emergency at James Lick Middle School and that student was treated inside the school and transported to the hospital with an injury not considered life-threatening.

-Supriya Yelimeli, Bay City News

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