At least six Florida teenagers were brought to the hospital after ingesting an “unknown substance” at a military ball in Davie, Broward County, according to authorities.
The teens were among the attendants of a combined military ball for members of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (J-ROTC) at Northeast High School and Coral Springs High School at a Signature Grand venue at 6900 W. State Rd 84 on Thursday night.
The celebratory atmosphere of the event was toned down when police and paramedics had to rush in to answer calls urging for help for six students who had suddenly fallen ill.
Lorento Toafa, one of the students attending the ball, told Local 10 News that he saw one student throwing up “really bad.” CBS Miami reported that students say some of the teens were “acting weird” and feeling “dizzy.”
“One moment, we were dancing in the ball and then the next moment, like an hour later, kids started throwing up,” Toafa told WSVN. “Then other kids felt nauseous and stuff like that. I think one girl almost had a seizure.”
“They laced the drinks or put something in the drinks,” another student told the news channel. Police have not yet identified a substance ingested by the students who fell ill and were later hospitalized.
Another student, Earl Cayo, told Local 10 News that the water on one of the tables at the ball “had drugs in them.” He said he did not know “exactly who or how many people did it.”
Local 10 News reports that six people were transported to Broward Health Medical Center after ingesting “an unknown substance,” as Davie Fire Marshal Robert Taylor confirmed with the news outlet.
On the following morning on Friday, Broward County Public School District released a statement reading: “The safety of our students is always our top priority.
“The District and Northeast High School administration are concerned and closely following the Davie Police investigation into what caused six students to become ill Thursday night while attending the Air Force JROTC Military Ball at the Signature Grand in Davie.
“The six Northeast High School students were transported to the hospital, where two are still being evaluated. School staff remains at the hospital to offer any necessary assistance to the students’ families.”
The condition of the hospitalized teens was still unknown at time of writing.
J-ROTC is a military-themed federal development program offered to high school students that vows to help those enrolling to develop their leadership, social and communication skills as well as physical health alongside military skills should they want to join the army later in life.
Newsweek has contacted the Davie Police Department.