Emerald Ridge student, dad arrested after sheriff’s deputies say pot brownies made teens sick at school

A 16-year-old Emerald Ridge High School student and her father were arrested during the last week of class Tuesday after the girl gave pot brownies to fellow students, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.

She gave the edibles to four other students at the South Hill school, who became sick, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. Medics were called about 9:45 a.m. by school officials when the students became sick, and the teenagers were treated at the scene and released to their parents, Troyer said. The ages of those students were not immediately available.

Deputies arrested the 16-year-old, who was not ill, and booked her into Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center for investigation of drug delivery, Troyer said.

Information about whether any of the students would be disciplined by the school was not immediately available Tuesday night, Puyallup School District spokesman Brian Fox said.

After learning about the marijuana, Investigators searched the girl’s South Hill home in the 10500 block of 143rd Street Court East, where Troyer said they found a THC extraction operation, and 125 marijuana plants in the basement.

The dad, who Troyer said admitted giving the THC oil to his daughter that she made the brownies with, was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail for investigation of the drug operation.

“With our new marijuana laws, and especially with their approach to edible product, we will see more young people getting sick and injured,” Sheriff Paul Pastor said in a statement. “We can expect more abuse and criminal activity as this law is implemented.”