GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The scenes at three Grand Valley State University dorms just before 11 p.m. on the night of Jan. 31 were similar and, at times, chaotic.
GVSU public safety officers and school officials haven't released many details on the incident, which caused four students to be hospitalized. 24 Hour News 8 had to use the Freedom of Information Act to get incident reports.
The reports show a lot about what happened, but the information on what may have caused the overdose was redacted.
At Frey Living Center, officers tried talking to two students, one of whom they described first as incoherent and later as laughing hysterically. A second student began fighting with an officer.
"I noted his face was bright red and his pupils were dilated," one officer wrote in an incident report.
At Stafford Living Center, a third male student was found inside his dorm room. Clad only in boxer shorts, he was waving his arms in the air when officers arrived.
According to one report, once police entered the room, he "immediately began to get into a boxer's stance, balled his fist, and began hopping from foot to foot."
He had also cut himself, leaving a trail of blood in the room.
A fourth student was found at West Living Center lying naked on his bed, with the window to his room wide open. He told officers he was burning up. The student was docile at first, but later became combative as they put him on a stretcher.
All four students ended up being taken away in ambulances to the hospital.
Two officers were injured in the scuffle.
What the report doesn't say is what drugs the students were on. On drug counselor told 24 Hour News 8 that the symptoms sounded like they could have been caused by synthetic marijuana K2. K2 is illegal by brand, but is easily duplicated.
But any references to the drugs believed to be involved in the overdoses have been redacted from the report.
The only hint is pills found on one of the students.
"Neither of these two pills had FDA markings to identify what they were," the reports say.
University spokesperson Mary Ellien Lyon said the type of drugs involved is one of the details investigators are still trying to determine.
"The exact nature of the drugs involved is still unknown, and there are multiple references in the report to an "unknown narcotic." We must wait for toxicology reports." Lyons wrote in an email to 24 Hour News 8.
She said the Dean of Students Office is reviewing the matter and will take appropriate action, which could lead to judicial cases with a variety of outcomes, depending on the findings.
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