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Goodyear Students Taken To Hospital After Taking Pills

Sign outside of Centerra Mirage School in Goodyear.
(Photo courtesy of Goodyear Police Department - Twitter)
Sign outside of Centerra Mirage School in Goodyear.

Goodyear police say they don’t know what kind of pills seven students took that led to six of them being rushed to the hospital Tuesday.

The students attend Centerra Mirage School, a STEM academy, and ranged from 12 to 15 years old.

Goodyear police spokeswoman Lisa Kutis said two of the children are being questioned about giving pills to the students.

"One was found unresponsive in the lunchroom, six went to the school nurse with stomach discomfort, feeling lethargic, things of that nature,” Kutis said.

Avondale Elementary School District superintendent Betsy Hargrove said school officials don’t think this is a pattern.

“We believe this to be an isolated incident," Hargrove said. "Certainly one that we want to learn from.”

Hargrove said the district has contacted families of the affected students and will call or email the other students’ parents.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.