13-year-old student suspected of distributing Xanax at Escondido school

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - Police in Escondido Saturday announced an arrest has been made in connection with an incident in which six children were found to have taken Xanax at school.

Officers said a 13-year-old juvenile student at Rincon Middle School was arrested on Oct. 31 on suspicion of distribution of illegal substances. The six students who were found to have taken the drug also attended the same school, police said.

The Oct. 25 incident sent two of the children to an emergency room and one to urgent care.

None of the six have experienced any lasting damage, and all have fully recovered, police said.

The 13-year-old suspect was released to the custody of his parents after his arrest, police said.

Dr. Luis Ibarra, Superintendent of the Escondido Union School District, released the following statement:

The Escondido Union School District is committed to a safe and respectful environment where all students have the opportunity to learn and achieve.  The EUSD is a drug free zone. This means no substance abuse, possession of illegal drugs or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at school is tolerated. The safety and educational achievement of our students will continue to be our highest priority. We are committed to utilize all appropriate disciplinary actions and procedures as specified in our policies and regulations.