Five Texas Middle School Students Hospitalized After Ingesting Pills

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Five Texas middle school students were airlifted to the hospital Wednesday after swallowing pills given by another student and falling ill, school officials said. The students at El Campo Middle School in suburban Houston went to the nurse's office around 9:45 a.m. When emergency responders arrived, the students were found with accelerated heart rates and pulses, reported NBC affiliate KPRC. A sixth student was treated at the school.

Police have taken two students into custody and were searching their homes, KPRC said. The type of pills the sickened students may have taken wasn’t immediately disclosed. “Law enforcement is working to identify the pills to get that information to the doctors,” school officials said in a news release. The students — around the ages of 13 and 14 — were flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Hospital officials told NBC News the kids are in good condition, and one of them was discharged earlier Wednesday afternoon.


— Erik Ortiz