Events leading to student's arrest clarified

Costa Mesa police Friday clarified an incident that lead to the arrest of a 12-year-old boy on suspicion of marijuana possession on a school campus.

The sixth-grader allegedly brought a marijuana-laced brownie to Pomona Elementary School on Tuesday, and paramedics responded after students shared it and one child began vomiting, according to police.

Seven students were transported to Hoag Hospital and later released to their parents.

As police investigated the incident, classmates identified the boy who allegedly brought the brownie, but he was uncooperative with detectives, police said.

School staff Tuesday found a container of marijuana in the boy's backpack, which was left when he went to the hospital, and notified police, according to a statement from the Costa Mesa Police Department.

The boy was arrested and released to his parents Wednesday.

Previously there was conflicting information, which the Daily Pilot published, that the boy returned to school Thursday with the marijuana. But he never returned to the school, according to Costa Mesa police and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

He has not been allowed to return to Pomona while school officials review the matter, according to police.

"I just don't want people to think he's come back to campus and is mingling with his peers," district spokeswoman Laura Boss said.

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