Students Suspended for Having Drugs at School
INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Some parents in the Ft. Osage School District are upset that a student isn’t in trouble. A seventh grade girl was caught sharing her prescription drug with another student.
Parents contacted FOX 4 after their kids told them they had been offered ecstasy at school on Monday. The school district says its investigation determined it was a prescription drug that was NOT ecstasy. Since the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was never contacted, we may never know for sure.
“A couple of the girls in her class were trying to give her some pills told her that it was ecstasy and that it would make her feel good,” said
parent Kristy Schuster.
Schuster’s 12-year-old daughter was one of several students who reported she was offered ecstasy at Osage Trail Middle School.
“By them not contacting law enforcement, I feel like that’s neglect on the school’s part,” Schuster said.
Stephanie Smith’s a spokeswoman for the Ft. Osage School District. Smith says the principal’s investigation revealed no ecstasy, just a single pill of a prescription drug. One girl gave the pill to another girl. The principal suspended both students but didn’t drug test the pair so it’s impossible to know what drug was really taken.
“There are only certain limitations can do to what the school can do,” Smith said. “That’s why we followed our policy to the extent that we could do that.”
The school district may think it has discretion but according to the safe schools act the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says it absolutely should’ve been brought in to this case.
“Even a prescription drug can be a schedule four illegal narcotic,” said former sheriff’s deputy Tom Phillips.
Tom Phillips is the former Jackson County Sheriff and is now director of public safety for the Blue Springs School District.
“Not knowing what the pill is and in most cases we know, that’s not usually a once and only time that this has probably occurred and that’s why a criminal investigation should be conducted,” Phillips said.
“In this particular situation we didn’t see the need,” Smith said. “However, we think this is a really great opportunity to go back and look at our policy.”
Schuster says the school district should consider what they’re dealing with.
“Whether it was a prescription drug or it was ecstasy, I mean you’re giving away drugs,” Schuster said.
The school district tells FOX 4 the student who had the antidepressant medication has a prescription to take the dug, but not at school.