Student suffers possible drug overdose at Bernstein High School
A 14-year-old girl was taken to the hospital because of possible drug overdose Friday at Bernstein High School.
According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office, the student collapsed on the school’s campus shortly after classes were dismissed at the high school. She was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital. The condition of the teen wasn’t immediately known, but school spokesman Andy Brown later confirmed the teenager was hospitalized.
“The student was treated and released from the University of Louisville Hospital after her family brought her to our hospital,” said Brown.
Brown was unable to say what drug the student could have ingested or what might have prompted the incident in which the student collapsed.
The medical personnel and the student were transported to the hospital in a school bus.
“It’s really tragic that something like this would happen at a school,” said Brown. “We’re thankful that the student is OK and that we were able to help the student.”
Sheriff’s office deputies responded to the school around 3:30 p.m. Friday. The deputy who first went to the school to check out a student at the high school reported that she was experiencing a medical emergency, according to Brown.
The sheriff’s office had to stop traffic along Jefferson Circuit Court before they could remove the student from the high school. Traffic was also stopped to get the doctor to the scene of the possible overdose from Madisonville Hospital.
Brown said the investigation into what caused the student to overdose is an ongoing one. He said officials want to talk to the students who were at school at the time but that the school has the right to suspend the students for any reason.
“It’s just so tragic. I’m just glad it’s OK, and we’ll definitely be doing our own investigation now,” said Brown.
Jefferson County Schools released the following statement about the incident:
JPS is deeply saddened by this tragic incident that occurred at Bernstein High School on this day. Our staff is cooperating with the University