Teens suspended for prescription drugs

September 22, 2010 8:55:08 PM PDT
Two Harnett County middle school students are in serious trouble after one of the students took her antibiotics to school and shared a pill with her friend.The 15-year-old students violated school policy at Western Harnett High School and were therefore suspended.

The girl's mother, Jennifer Collins, says her daughter, Taylor, was prescribed the antibiotics last week for a sinus infection and other alimentsl.

"They're treating my daughter like a criminal," Collins said.

She says officials are pressing charges for possession and distribution of narcotic.

Taylor Collins brought the medication to school to take them as prescribed, but didn't bring a doctor's note or fill out a form that would have allowed her to bring the meds to school.

Her mother says that was her fault.

But the much bigger issue, according to the school superintendent, is that Taylor Collins gave a pill to her friend, who says he had a hurt foot and thought the antibiotic might help. That distribution landed both kids a 10 day suspension.

However, Jennifer Collins says Taylor and her friend were interrogated and searched before she was even told anything was wrong.

"I was not notified until charges were filed," she said.

Officials warn if nothing else, this should serve as a message to parents and kids that even prescription drugs are taken very seriously at schools. They should never be shared and schools need to know if your kids need to take them.

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