Pupils at Hucknall school rushed to hospital after smoking 'substance'
POLICE and ambulances were called to help ten pupils who fell ill at a Hucknall school after smoking a "substance".
Emergency crews were called to the National Academy in Annesley Road, Hucknall, at about 2.10pm yesterday.
The ten children affected, aged between 11 and 15, were said to have fallen sick and dizzy after smoking the substance.
None was seriously hurt, but an investigation is now underway into exactly what they had been smoking and how it got into the school.
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One parent told the Post they were shocked to see five ambulances outside the school when they turned up to pick their two daughters up at about 3.20pm.
The parent, who asked not to be named, said: "Apparently people had started feeling ill at about 1pm. It's shocking.
"My daughters are fine and weren't involved but I'm just concerned for other pupils that were there.
"The teachers explained to my daughters that children were falling ill and dropping like flies. Apparently there were ambulances going back and forward all afternoon."
A police spokeswoman said: "Police were called to the National Academy in Annesley Road, Hucknall, at 2.10pm, following reports that a number of pupils were feeling sick and dizzy after smoking a substance.
"The ten children involved were aged between 11 and 15 and none have suffered any serious effects."
Sergeant Simon Scales, from the Ashfield South police division, added: "While our inquiries are ongoing we will be working very closely with the school and parents on intervention and education around drugs, building on work we already carry out."
The Notts Police spokeswoman added that it was too early to say exactly what the substance was and that no arrests had been made.
The school is a Church of England faith academy, teaching children aged 11 to 19.
In its last full inspection by watchdog Ofsted in January 2010, the school was given an overall "good" rating.
The Post made numerous attempts but was unable to reach anyone at the school for comment yesterday.