Four school pupils have been taken to hospital and a further six were treated at the scene following an incident at Dunfermline High School.
Emergency services were called to the school early on Friday afternoon after reports of concern for the health of a number of pupils.
Up to 12 emergency service vehicles were quickly on the scene, and reports soon surfaced that kids had taken valium tablets – although they have yet to be confirmed by authorities.
However, The Courier can confirm that the school was made aware that some of its pupils may have taken tablets outwith school grounds during lunchtime.
A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said paramedics were called at 1.23pm to attend an incident at Dunfermline High School.
“We dispatched five ambulance crews, a special operations unit and a rapid response vehicle – we treated six patients at the scene and transported four to Victoria Hospital, in Kirkcaldy,” the spokesman added.
A message to parents read: “We called emergency services immediately and have worked tirelessly with them to try and identify and support pupils who may have been affected.
“Our first priority has been to check the identified names and contact their parents/carers.”
Two quick assemblies were also held with S2 and S3 pupils in a bid to see who else may have taken the tablets involved and inform the youngsters that relatives would be informed.
“We would urge you to speak to your child to ensure that they have not taken any tablets from anybody and to take medical advice if you think they have,” the message to parents and carers went on.
At least 20 S2 and S3 pupils are initially thought to have been involved, but many of those did not require treatment in the end.
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said the Scottish Ambulance Service was assisting those affected.
“Inquiries into the matter are continuing,” she added.
The Courier understands that parents and carers of all those affected have been contacted, and that anyone who has not been contacted should be reassured that their child is ok.
Head of education and children’s services Phil Black commented: “We are managing an incident at Dunfermline High School. A small number of pupils became unwell towards the end of lunchtime.
“All have received medical treatment and some have gone to hospital.
“Parents have been informed and all necessary steps have been taken to ensure the safety of all pupils.”