A number pupils at the exclusive Harrow boarding school, which costs £37,350 a year to attend, haven fallen ill after taking Ecstasy.
Several teenagers at the all-boys school had to receive treatment from paramedics, who were called to the school after three students said they did not feel very well. It is understood that the pupils bought 20 pills from a local drug dealer in town, before going back to their house. They collapsed at around midnight after swallowing the tablets.
One pupil was seriously ill and had to be bluelighted to nearby Northwick Park Hospital, while two other students were treated at school. All of the students involved have now been suspended from the school, which is attended by pupils of the rich and famous.
According to a source, the boys went into Harrow town centre and purchased what is understood to be a bad batch of Ecstasy. After they took ill, there was major panic among fellow students and staff, and matron was called to attend to them before paramedics were called to the scene.
One of the boys had to be detained in hospital for observation following the incident. It is not the first time that Harrow has come in for criticism following drug taking at the school. According to sources, one boy has now left the school and a decision is yet to be taken about the future of the other two boys. While Harrow takes a tough line stance on drugs, it will not want to jeopardise pupils’ future if it is an isolated incident and they regret their mistake.
A spokesperson for the ambulance service confirmed that paramedics had been called to an address on Harrow High Street. Meanwhile, the school said it would not comment because it wished to protect the privacy of its students.