A student at Highline High School in Burien experienced a drug overdose on campus on Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

The school’s Safety & Security department, the school nurse, and paramedics responded promptly to the situation at around 10:18 a.m.

Fire department units responded to a report of a 15-16 year old male at Highline High School.

On arrival, crews were lead by staff to a student that was unconscious and unresponsive, with a pulse, according to Ray Desmarais, Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal for King County Fire District #2.

Narcan was administered, and the student responded to the medication.

Reports were of an unknown cause as to what precipitated the state the student was found in, with an unknown medical history. Medical interventions by staff and EMS resulted in the student walking under his own power to an ambulance for transport to an area hospital. This was not a paramedic transport.

“We ask that everyone respects the student’s privacy and refrains from speculation regarding the incident,” school officials said. “Drug overdose is now one of the leading causes of death for teenagers. This is an important reminder to talk with your student about the dangers of drug use.”

Here’s text from an email sent out to parents and families by staff:

“Hello HHS Families & Student,

“One of our students experienced what appeared to be a drug overdose while at school today. Our Safety & Security department and school nurse immediately responded, along with paramedics. 

“Narcan was administered and the student responded to the medication. Please respect their privacy and do not speculate about the incident.

“Drug overdose is now one of the leading causes of death for teenagers. This is an important reminder to talk with your student about the dangers of drug use. Here are some resources that may help you have a conversation with your student.

Info for Parents and Caregivers

Info for Teens

“If you have concerns about your student or need additional support, please reach out to me or your student’s school counselor.

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