Six elementary students involved in Wilcox pill distribution

Six students involved in pill distribution

Wilcox County schools say an elementary student took prescription pills to school and handed them out to several classmates.

"What 9-year-old thinks another 9-year-old is going to give them something is going to harm them?" parent Amanda Felton said.

That's how Felton says her son reacted last week after another child gave him a prescription pill at Wilcox Elementary School.

"He told them that he had something that was going to make them smart and help them not get in trouble anymore," Felton said.

But trouble is what happened after Felton says her son told his teacher about the pills. She says the school told her the pills were Risperidal.

Prescription websites say that's used to treat ADHD, schizophrenia, autism, and other disorders.

Felton's son is now sitting at home for a week after being suspended.

In a letter home to parents, the school superintendent says 6 students were involved.

Felton says her son should be in school right now.

"My child stood up and said, 'OK, they were given something ,and at this point, I don't think they should've been given it.' But he's being punished, so that's sending a message to these kids, 'Well, if I see something dangerous happening, I'm not supposed to tell because I'll get in trouble,'" Felton said.

"It could rise to the level of a misdemeanor for those children that actually accepted the medication and a felony for child that actually brought it and dispensed the medication," Superintendent Julie Childers said.

Wilcox County School Superintendent Julie Childers says the district is handling the incident internally, and she hopes the incident doesn't lead to criminal charges.
    
"I would hate for the students that were involved to wind up with juvenile records at this young age," Childers said.

Childers says she hopes the suspension will be enough to ensure nothing like this happens again, but Felton says the kids have learned their lesson.

"They're all innocent in this situation," Felton said. "None of them really knew the ramifications of what this meant, and for them to try to make an example out of babies, that's a problem for me."

Although Childers says she notified law enforcement and DFACS, Rochelle Police Chief Mickey Barfield says his office is not investigating. 

Childers' letter says none of the students suffered serious effects from taking the pills, and she said parents should talk to their kids about accepting medication only from trusted adults.

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