A recently-graduated Sultana High School student was hospitalized late Thursday night after taking ecstasy while at the school's grad night celebration at Disneyland, according to officials.
"A young man, a minor, [from] Sultana, at Disneyland pretty much became unconscious," Hesperia Unified School District Superintendent Mark McKinney said. "Later we found it was due to ecstasy, and was transported from Disneyland by ambulance to the hospital. He's going to be fine."
HUSD police officers arrested another teen Friday morning who had also attended grad night. While investigating the previous night's incident, officials discovered a stolen unloaded and inoperative handgun and marijuana in the second boy's vehicle which had been left on school grounds. No ammunition was found in the vehicle.
It is unclear how the hospitalized student obtained the drugs, whether they were provided by other recent Sultana graduates or by someone the teen met at the park.
Approximately 550 students graduated from Sultana on Tuesday and many of them participated in grad night at the amusement park.
Graduating classes are allowed into the park after-hours to participate in the grad night activities. Park security searches all participants before enter Disneyland. Schools also search students before they leave for the amusement park.
"Our [school] police were there: They pat them down, they search them before they get on the bus," McKinney said, adding no one is allowed to drive themselves to the event and must ride on a bus to get there.
The teen arrested Friday morning was a friend of the boy who was hospitalized, officials said.
Despite what took place during the celebration, McKinney said he feels grad night is still a very safe event.
"It's a very controlled environment. It's very upbeat," McKinney stated. "They're driving down on a charter bus. ... Spend the night there, have a good time, and ride back on a charter bus. ... I think it is a very fun, safe activity that does keep kids from making poor choices after graduation."
The second teen was arrested for possession of a gun on school grounds, possession of a stolen handgun, possession of marijuana and assorted other offenses relating to the gun and marijuana. He was booked into the High Desert Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center in Apple Valley.
Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com. Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star