Bernstein High School overdose: 15-year-old boy accused of killing student from fentanyl overdose appears in juvenile court

“People are calling it a pandemic. I call it a plague, a crisis,” said the young victim’s aunt. “It’s poison.”

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — The 15-year-old boy accused of selling a fentanyl-spiked drug that killed a student on the Bernstein High School campus last week appeared in juvenile court Monday morning.

The boy, whose name Eyewitness News won’t give because he’s underage, is facing possible manslaughter charges over the death of 15-year-old Melanie Ramos.

His hearing continued until October 27 for a pre-plea hearing.

Investigators said Ramos and a friend bought a Percocet pill from the boy and then shared it in a restroom at school. The girls both passed out and when one girl woke up around 9pm last Tuesday she was unable to wake Ramos.

The boy accused of selling the drug was taken to Eastlake Juvenile Court in handcuffs while a member of the Ramos family stood by.

“I wasn’t angry. I was sad,” said Gladys Manriques, Ramos’ aunt. “He’s underage, he’s young. In that case, I think both sides lose.”

Ramos’ friend had to be hospitalized after taking the drug, as did two other students who overdosed in a separate case near Bernstein Gymnasium on the same day.

The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested two teenagers in connection with the two cases but is warning that Southern California is being hit by a major wave of fentanyl overdoses.

Last week, city leaders pledged to target fentanyl sellers further up the drug supply chain.

“People are calling it a pandemic. I call it a plague, a crisis,” Manriques told Eyewitness News. “It’s poison.”

ALSO READ | An LA DEA official says the death of a teenager from an overdose highlights the dangers of fentanyl-laced pills among teenagers

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