Spice believed to be responsible for hospitalization of Mesa High School students

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

MESA, Ariz. -- The synthetic drug Spice is believed to be responsible for the hospitalization of several Mesa High School students.

Mesa Fire responded to the school on Wednesday afternoon after seven boys, ages 14 to 16, began experiencing rapid heartbeats and low-grade fevers.

“We got on scene and they had all the kids in the office, all exhibiting signs and symptoms of having taken something,” said Kayln Gill with the Mesa Fire Department.

One of the boys eventually admitted to authorities that the group had smoked Spice, although none of the boys had the drug in their possession.

Four of the seven boys wound up needing medical treatment.

Because no one was found to be in possession of any drugs, it’s unlikely that any of the boys will face criminal charges.

But while no drugs were found, students say there are kids who are using.

“There definitely are some drugs going around. It’s hard to catch but it’s definitely going on,” said Mesa High School student Jaquelyn Pyper.