HUMBLE, TX (KTRK) -- A northeast Harris County mother is warning others about drugs in disguise. She says her own son unknowingly ate a drug-laced piece of candy that he got at school, and she wants other parents to know about the dangers potentially in the hallways.
"He said he just wanted some candy, and this kid was just handing out candy. So he went to get it," she said.
She asked that we not show her face or use her real name, so for this story we'll call her "Shirley." She tells Eyewitness News that what her son said looked like a Jolly Rancher was actually laced with drugs.
"He said he just ate the one and then he felt really strange afterwards," Shirley shared with us. "He said it made him feel really awake."
Her son is a freshman at Summer Creek High.
"When he figured out it was drugs, he was afraid. But then he finally told me this week that it had happened," she said.
And she told administrators. The district emailed a letter to parents Friday saying drugs will not be tolerated at the school.
"Certainly the concern is being taken seriously," Humble ISD Spokesperson Jamie Mount tells us. "We are investigating. But there is no evidence that anybody is being tricked into taking drugs."
But a source with the Drug Enforcement Agency tells us it's happening everywhere. In our area, the DEA has seen an increase in home-made candies that look like the stuff from the store laced with LSD, Molly, and other synthetic drugs.
"A simple piece of candy, you wouldn't expect that. And it could be anybody taking it. It could even be a teacher," says Summer Creek Junior Ronald Luke. "If a student is like here you go and they take that piece of candy and it's like giving drugs to a teacher. It's just not right."
Luke says the suspected distribution at his school is yet another reminder to remember what his parents taught him.
"You don't know what you're taking. Just like my parents tell me, don't just randomly take something from somebody because you don't know what it might be," he said.
IT's advice Shirley hopes her son's mistake leads more parents to share with their kids.
"My biggest concern is about the safety of the kids and that parents are aware that there's a threat out there," she said.
Humble ISD says this is the first concern the district has received of this nature.
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