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TOM BEAN -- A Tom Bean teen is facing charges after police say he came to class high on synthetic marijuana.

The 17-year-old was arrested at Tom Bean High School earlier this week.

Police say he brought synthetic marijuana to school and smoked it on campus.

The drug -- also known as K-2 and Spice -- is illegal in Texas and Oklahoma.

Police say the side effects of smoking synthetic marijuana can be deadly.

"We try to get people awareness and tell them, 'Hey, this stuff is back into the community. Pay attention to your kids. Talk to your kids. Let them know,'" chief Frank Deater said. "It's not tobacco. This has got a chemical substance in it that will change and alter their life forever."

The teen was charged with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a third degree felony because police say it happened on school property.