Drugs in School

By: Shane Symolon Email
By: Shane Symolon Email

An Augusta County student faces up to ten days suspension for bringing prescription medications to school, but his parents say he shouldn't be punished.

Kasey and Darcy Knox say it’s not their son’s fault that he brought three prescription pills into school.

On Friday, he was supposed to go from school directly a friend's house to spend the night, so his Mom packed him three prescriptions, some non-prescription pain reliever and a multi-vitamin.

Her son, Bradley, has needed the drugs to help him breath at night since surgery last year. They say a teacher saw the pills in the open bag Bradley was taking to his friend’s house.

Now, Bradley faces either five days out-of-school suspension and drug abuse classes or a ten day out-of-school suspension without the drug classes. Both punishments also carry restrictions on after school activities. Kasey says it isn't right.

She says, "Because of the kind of drugs they were, and that he wasn't giving them to friends and he's never been in trouble before, I wish they had taken common sense into consideration."

Bradley says it’s a tough punishment for an honor roll student.

He says, "I get ten days, and I can only make five of those days up of work, so I get all zeros."

Members of the school board were unavailable Monday and the superintendent’s office declined to comment on the topic but did refer to the school's substance abuse policy.

That policy says that any controlled substance falls under the same category of any other drug and that it’s up to schools to regulate.

Part of the regulation reads, "The use and abuse of drugs and alcohol by students has become a local, state, and national problem and recognizes that the local school system is responsible for maintaining an environment in which students are protected from alcohol, drugs, drug related activities, and other prohibited substances."

Darcy says Bradley shouldn't get the punishment, but that it should fall on the parents.

"Get us involved in it. Say 'listen, we understand you packed it,' and we understand we packed it. We made the mistake. Give us something to do for the school," says Darcy.

The family does have one other option open to them. They can file an appeal to try to get the punishment reversed. As of Monday, they haven't decided how they're going to proceed.

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