LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – The Las Vegas North Police Department is investigating the death of a middle schooler who may be linked to pills containing fentanyl.
A North Las Vegas family took their middle school student to the hospital on Wednesday, February 24. The student later died. North Las Vegas police responded to the Dignity Health medical campus after the student’s death to investigate what happened.
According to the police, several students fell ill after taking pills. All students attend Sedway Middle School.
The student’s exact cause of death is still pending a coroner’s autopsy.
Middle School Principal Marvin M. Sedway sent a message to families at the school on Thursday:
It is with deep sympathy that I inform you of the recent death of one of our students. Losing a precious life is never easy, especially at a young age and we will truly remember this student as part of our Sedway family.
We are working with our students to ensure they have the support and resources they need to get through this very difficult time. Counseling resources are available for those who might want this help.
Please watch for any signs of grief or behavior change in your child, as this loss may affect them in unexpected ways, and keep your lines of communication open with them. It is important to be honest with your child and allow him to express feelings of disbelief, anger and/or grief. Reassure your child that there is always someone they can talk to and that these feelings are normal.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please call our school at 702-799-3880.
Detectives work to identify witnesses, other victims and possible suspects. The Clark County School District Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office are assisting in the investigation.