Student overdoses after bus driver gave school fentanyl, California cops say


A school employee is charged with selling and supplying fentanyl to students at a California school, police said.

Melissa Harloam-Garrison, 46, was arrested on May 17 at the Bright Futures Academy in Riverside, the Riverside Police Department said.

The school “serves more than 150 students with severe behavioral issuesautism and other special needs,” according to their website.

The school did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’ request for comment.

Police were called to the school around 4:30 p.m. regarding a student.

A school employee then told police that another student had overdosed on what was suspected to be fentanyl the previous week.

After an investigation, the school suspected Harloam-Garrison of giving the drugs to students on campus.

Harloam-Garrison worked as a school bus driver and handled campus security, police said.

Authorities found more than a hundred fentanyl pills, two handguns and ammunition inside the woman’s campus cottage where she lived with her husband.

Harloam-Garrison was arrested for possession of narcotics for sale, sale of narcotics to minors, possession of controlled substances, possession of a firearm on school campus, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and endangerment of children.

Her husband was arrested for possessing a firearm on campus and being a person prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can contact police at 951-353-7200. An anonymous email can also be sent to [email protected]

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