MASSILLON, Ohio — Authorities say around 20 students ate candy at a high school in and have been sickened in northeast Ohio.

The Independent in Massillon reports the police chief in Stark County’s Perry Township says five students at Perry High School were taken to a hospital Wednesday morning. The newspaper reports emergency crews were responding to the school Wednesday afternoon for more reports of students becoming ill.

Some students were taken to hospitals by their parents.

Police Chief Perry Pomesky says the candy is being sent to Stark County’s crime lab to determine if it had been laced with a substance. He didn’t identify the type of candy ingested.

The Perry Local Schools issued a statement saying the district is working with police and will take disciplinary and legal action if necessary.

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