Six elementary students involved in pill distribution

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By: Associated Press
November 15, 2017

ROCHELLE, Ga. (AP) -- The superintendent of a Georgia school district says six elementary school students were involved in the distribution of prescription medication.

Wilcox County Schools Superintendent Julie Childers says a child brought Risperdal to Wilcox Elementary School and distributed the pills to classmates. She said the child who brought the pills to the school could be charged with a felony, while the children who accepted the medication could be charged with misdemeanors, but the district hopes to avoid criminal charges.

Rochelle Police Chief Mickey Barfield says his office is not investigating.

In a letter sent home to parents Monday, Childers said no one suffered serious effects from the pills. Risperdal is an antipsychotic that can be used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, among other things.

A parent said her 9-year-old son was one of the recipients of the pills and was suspended for a week.

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