Students Hospitalized after Taking Pills at School

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Police say at least nine Houston seventh- and eighth-graders were hospitalized after showing unusual behavior attributed to pills handed out by a fellow student.

Teachers at Spring Woods Middle School called for help yesterday after noticing sleepiness and slurred speech among the students.

Chuck Brawner, chief of police for the Spring Branch school district, says a student was freely handing out the pills. They included the prescription drug Xanax for anxiety disorders and other pills that authorities were still analyzing.

The students' medical conditions were not available, but Brawner says they were conscious and talking when they were taken to the hospital.

School officials say they're taking the incident very seriously. No criminal charges had been filed yesterday.