A teenager who laced chocolate brownies he made in a home economics lesson with cannabis has been expelled after the prank landed him and four other pupils in hospital.
The 14-year-old took the class B drug into All Saints’ College in West Denton, Newcastle, then added it to his cake mix.
He shared the brownies with four classmates from Year 9, and another was thought to have joined in but was later found not to have tasted them.
When the teacher realised what had happened, paramedics and the police were called, and the pupils were taken to hospital. None suffered any ill-effects and they were discharged later.
The pupil responsible for making the cannabis cakes was arrested and bailed by Northumbria Police.
He was expelled by the school following the incident last week.
A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “At 10.32am on Friday May 18 police received information that a student had taken cannabis into a class at All Saints’ College on West Denton Way.
“Six children were initially thought to have been affected and were taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary as a precaution before being discharged the same day.
“A 14-year-old boy was arrested and has been bailed.”
The four pupils who ate the brownies have been suspended.
The father of one of them said his son did not believe the prankster when he told them he had laced the brownies with cannabis.
The parent, who was not named, said: “My son swears this student told the rest of them what he had done but they didn’t believe him and ate it thinking he was joking.”
The father, who was concerned about his son’s suspension, rushed to hospital after hearing what happened and said the pupils were “a bit light-headed”, but otherwise fine.
A spokesman for the college said: “As soon as it became apparent what was going on we immediately rang both the police and paramedics as a precaution.
“We take incidents such as this very seriously.”