A teen boy is fighting for his life after suffering a fentanyl overdose at the gymnasium of a Hartford middle school Thursday, while at least two others and a teacher were taken to the hospital following the ordeal.
Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez said at a press briefing that the 13-year-old student “ingested something in the classroom.”
Detectives later determined the boy was exposed to fentanyl, a highly addictive opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin.
“This one more lesson that fentanyl is a poison, these drugs are a poison,” Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said following the incident.
“Please, if you are a parent, have that tough conversation with your child tonight. If anyone offers, suggests, that they experiment with, ingest some substance that they think is a drug, they don’t know what it is, don’t do it, stay a mile away, and for God’s sake, please report it so we can try to protect you child, their friends, everything.”