The following message is from Fayetteville Public Schools and is for the parents of our students:
Five of our students ingested jimson weed during the school day yesterday, causing three of them to be hospitalized. The three students were kept overnight, two of them in intensive care. Fortunately, they are improving today.
According to the National Institutes of Health, jimson weed is a poisonous plant that grows throughout the U.S. Jimson weed poisoning occurs when someone sucks the juice or eats the seeds from this plant. You can also be poisoned by drinking tea made from the leaves. Its street names are thornapple, stinkweed and locoweed. It is most often used by young people who are unfamiliar with its reputation and unprepared for its side effects, which include dry mouth, dilated pupils, high temperature, blurred vision, confusion, euphoria, and delirium. In some cases, it can be fatal.
Please talk with your student about this plant and the very real dangers it presents. More information on jimson weed is available online. Teachers and staff members at our schools will be extra vigilant during the next few days to make certain our schools are safe places for students. Thank you.