Reported By Larry Flowers
Seven Smyrna students have been expelled after a teacher caught them with prescription drugs on school property.
Video: 8th-Graders Expelled Over Prescription Pills
Four boys and three girls were expelled from Stewarts Creek Middle School on Monday under the county's zero-tolerance policy for possessing or distributing prescription drugs. One of the drugs the students had is intended to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
"It increases your focus and attention so you're not all over the place," said pharmacist Chad Mills. "When you take enough of this medication in a large enough quantity, it will act like speed and do the opposite of what it is intended to do."
The students were all eighth-graders, 15 and 16 years old.
"If you bring it, distribute it, possess it, you consume it; you are equally guilty under the zero tolerance policy," said Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans. "We don't tolerate drugs on our campus, period."
Under the policy, the students will be required to sit out a minimum of 180 days, or one school year. As of Thursday, six of the seven students' parents have asked their child be placed in Smyrna West alternative school.
Once at the alternative school, the students have the opportunity to earn their way out early through good behavior or good grades. The students have been ordered to report to the alternative school Tuesday.
Kelli Burnett has a son in the sixth grade at Stewarts Creek. She said she was surprised to hear there were drugs of any kind.
"They needed to be taken to a police station and charged," she said. "They would have charged any other kid. It doesn't matter what school it's at. I hate it was at this school, because it is a good school."
School resource officers said they chose not to charge the students because there was no physical evidence because they had swallowed the pills.
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