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Mushroom experiment leads to arrest

A 17-year-old Crystal River High School student was arrested and a 14-year-old student was hospitalized Thursday after experimenting with mushrooms, authorities said.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office did not release the students' names because of their ages.

School resource officer Ron Frink said the older boy picked the mushrooms from woods near his home and brought them to school. He gave some to the younger boy, who ate them.

"I think they just wanted to get the hallucinogenic effect," Frink said. Another student reported the incident to school officials. After contacting a poison control center and the student's parents, officials took the 14-year-old to Seven Rivers Community Hospital.

The boy did not appear ill, but school officials were told he faced serious liver damage if untreated. The 17-year-old was charged with possession of a counterfeit controlled substance.

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