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Officials at Irving Middle School in Lincoln discovered a student was handing out "Pot Cookies" Tuesday morning. Now, Lincoln police are investigating.

Irving principal Dr. Susette Taylor says it's concerning, but not necessarily surprising.

"School is a microcosm of society," she said. "We like to think that we're never going to be a part of that, but life happens."

In a letter E-mailed to parents, Dr. Taylor says one student admitted to bringing and sharing the cookies with three other students, all of whom knew the cookies were laced with marijuana. 

 She says those students then shared the cookies with five more classmates. We're told everyone was checked out at the health office and nobody reported feeling "high" or any other such side effects.

Lincoln Police say additional cookies were found in the girl's locker and seized by officers.  They report ten students total were involved in the incident.

School officials first became aware of the issue when other students came forward.

"Most of the things that go on, we know about them because students tell us, and that's very important," she said. 

Dr. Taylor applauded the students that came forward, saying they had everyone's safety at heart.

"It's always concerning when students have access to this type of substance because our first priority is the health and safety of our students," she said. 

Irving parent John Patterson says he was taken back when he first read the E-mail.

"Now a days, not much surprises me, but the fact that my kid goes to this school and it's in my backyard," he said. 

Other parents we spoke with seemed surprised that this incident happened at a middle school, not a high school or university.

We learned late Tuesday night that the child's father, 37-year-old Ramon Noriega, was ticketed and lodged for child abuse. Police say he made the cookies for himself and never intended for his daughter to take them to school. He was ticketed and released for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and unlawful possession of a firearm. 

Noriega's wife, Kelli, was cited for child neglect.

The school says the student that brought cookies has been suspended.

Lincoln Police say since the student is too young to be cited, the case has been turned over to the County Attorney's Office to determined the charges.

Here is a copy of the letter E-mailed to parents:

"Irving staff discovered and have talked with a student who apparently brought cookies to school that were laced with marijuana. Three other students, knowing that they had marijuana in them, consumed some of the cookies and then dispersed them to five other students. All students were immediately checked in the health office and are fine. We have contacted the families of the students who consumed cookies. We have also asked the police department to assist us with this investigation.
 
The safety and security of our staff and students is our first priority. We will continue to work with the students involved to ensure that we have determined appropriate outcomes for all. 

-Dr. Susette Thomas, Principal"
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