Boulder (WSYR-TV) -- Two Colorado University (CU) students are facing multiple felony charges after campus police say they fed marijuana-laced brownies to their unsuspecting classmates and instructor.
The students – 21-year-old Thomas Cunningham and 19-year-old Mary Essa -- brought the brownies to class as part of their “bring food day.”
“They had baked those brownies, and put THC or some type of marijuana substance into the brownies,” said CU Police Spokesman Ryan Huff.
It turns out, they were the only ones in their small history class to bring food that day.
In a classroom of 12, police say the brownies sickened seven students and sent three to the hospital – including the teacher.
“She just kept going in and out of consciousness, so she would answer a question and then slump,” explained Bronson Hilliard, CU Boulder Spokesman.
Susan Kent chairs Colorado University’s history department and agreed to speak on behalf of her co-worker who had no idea why she was blacking out.
“One can only imagine had she been in the car, had she been with her children in the car, when the drugs started to take effect, what could have been the outcome of this, and it's just a terrible, irresponsible and reckless act,” Kent said. “Putting marijuana in a food product and providing it somebody without their knowledge has always been illegal, and that will continue to be illegal, even after amendment 64.”
Officials say the looming legalization of small amounts of marijuana has nothing to do with what happened.
Officials say this is the first such incident that has happened in the history of Colorado University. And an offense that two students likely didn’t think would end quite like this.