UPDATE: As of Saturday, February 26 this story has been updated from its original version of a death investigation involving a 15-year-old student that might be connected to fentanyl-laced pills.
NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — North Las Vegas police (NLVPD) are investigating the death of a teen Wednesday night that might be connected to fentanyl-laced pills.
According to police, they were called to Dignity Health Hospital at 11 p.m. Wednesday about the death of a 15-year-old student. On Thursday, Clark County School District (CCSD) police informed NLVPD about four more students who were ill, possibly from pills laced with fentanyl.
North Las Vegas police confirm the five children were together at Sedway Middle School in North Las Vegas near Gowan and Commerce. An 8 News Now I-Team source said the teens overdosed at school. NLVPD says the four children who got ill have been released from the hospital.
School police recovered all of the outstanding pills, about a dozen of them according to police, and booked them into evidence, according to NLVPD. Police added “this is an ongoing investigation, and detectives are following all leads. Criminal charges, in this case, are pending.”
CCSD shared an email that Sedway Middle School Principal La Toya Jordan Brown sent to student families Thursday:
Dear Marvin M. Sedway Middle School families,Clark County School District
It is with deep sympathy that I inform you of the recent passing of one of our students. It is never easy to lose a valuable life, especially at a young age and we will truly remember this student as part of our Sedway family.
We are working with our students to ensure they have the support and resources they need to get through this very difficult time. Counseling resources are available to those who may want that assistance.
Please monitor any signs of grief or behavioral changes in your child as this loss may affect them in unexpected ways as well as keep your lines of communication open with them. It is important to be honest with your child and allow them to express feelings of disbelief, anger and/or grief. Reassure your child that there is always someone with whom they can talk with and that these feelings are normal.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please call our school at 702-799-3880.
La Toya Jordan Brown
Marvin M. Sedway Middle School