'One kid went down like a box of rocks'

Six White Cliffs Middle School students decided to smoke a substance consistent with Spice, a synthetic drug designed to mimic the effects of marijuana, Thursday morning while they waited for the school bus.

"One kid went down like a box of rocks," said Kingman Police Department Sgt. Bob Fisk.

According to police, the student got up and when the bus came to the Jimmie Drive/Lum Avenue bus stop, all six got on and went to school.

Once they got to school, though, the student who collapsed at the bus stop was transported to the Kingman Regional Medical Center, said WCMS Principal Cliff Angle. He was later released and is at home recovering.

The other five were sent home with their parents and/or guardians, he added.

If any of the others went to the hospital, it was their guardians - and not the school - that took them.

All six students face consequences for their actions.

The substance was sent off to the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab to determine exactly what it was, Fisk said.

"We don't really know what it was," Angle said.

Angle sent a letter home with students that informed parents of the incident without offering specifics. Through the letter, Angle asked parents to talk to their children about the dangers of chemical abuse.

He also made an announcement over the school's public address system that informed the school that the student who went to the hospital was OK. He also asked students to be more careful.

"Hopefully this is a big wakeup call for kids," Angle said.

Fisk said Arizona is looking to change laws so that these types of substances stay illegal.

As is, it's a bit of a cat-and-mouse game. States will declare these substances illegal, and then manufactures will simply change the chemical compound but not the effects, which makes it legal again.

Angle said the school will also look at its health and science curriculum in order to find a way to get the dangers of synthetic drugs into the minds of students, something Kingman Unified School District Roger Jacks is all for.

"I'm worried about the bigger problem and protecting students' health," Jacks said.