5 students ate ‘sexual enhancer’-laced brownies in Clinton school prank, police say
DA to decide if 3 teens will face charges
CLINTON, Wis. — Five students were fed brownies laced with an over-the-counter supplement in a so-called prank at a Rock County high school last week, police said.
Clinton police said three Clinton High School seniors bought over-the-counter medicine Tuesday and baked it into a batch of brownies.
Police Chief Dave Hooker said it was a product called Zyrexin, which is marketed as a “sexual enhancer” but Hooker says is classified as a dietary supplement that includes caffeine.
Five other students ate the brownies, and two of them became sick and were taken by their parents for medical attention, police said. They were later released and are in good condition.
Hooker said the three students who brought the Zyrexin brownies to school are cooperating with police and have never been in trouble with police in the past.
“Basically, (we) have three good kids that did something really, really stupid and it went really bad for them,” Hooker said.
Hooker said the report is being forwarded to Rock County District Attorney David O’Leary to review and consider what charges, if any, the three students — an 18-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy — might face.
“We’re looking this over, because a felony at their age could be very detrimental to them for the rest of their lives,” Hooker said.
In a message sent to parents and posted to Facebook Saturday, the Clinton School District called the incident that took place on the last day of school an “error in judgment” that “endangered the health and safety of other students.”
The district did not provide specifics of the incident, citing privacy rights, but a father responding to the post on Facebook said his student was sent to the emergency room.
“I am disgusted, and angry,” the father posted. “I expect better from the school I attended and graduated from… I guess we will wait and see what the district attorney comes back with.”
The district didn’t respond to calls from News 3, and its post didn’t specify any discipline, only saying that school officials believed in a restorative justice approach and that graduation was a time for recognition.
Several parents on Facebook, including Jessica Long, have commented saying they don’t believe the district has done enough.
“It’s not going to teach future senior classmen not to do these things,” Long said. “They’ll see these kids got away with it, so so can we.”
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