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8th-graders face drug allegations

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Two eighth graders at Franklin Community Middle School were arrested last week for bringing prescription drugs to school and passing them out to five classmates.

Now school officials are working to decide what will happen to all seven middle school students.

A teacher at the middle school contacted the principal and the dean of students after noticing one of their students was acting unusual in class. Once administrators investigated what had happened, they found that the student and six others had the prescription drugs, Superintendent David Clendening said.

School officials called Franklin police, who arrested the two eighth-grade students, Clendening said. The students’ names and information on what happened to them were not available.

Information on the type of prescription drug the middle school students had was not available. While at least one of the students was acting unusual in class, none of the seven needed medical attention, Clendening said.

Clendening couldn’t reveal what specific kind of punishment the seven students will face from the school district, but said it will be serious.

According to the middle school student policy, possessing prescription medication without a prescription or trying to sell or hand out any kind of medicine, drugs or tobacco are considered “serious behaviors,” and students who are caught can face significant consequences. Students can also be suspended or expelled if school officials decide they’ve disrupted the operation of the school by disobeying the rules, the policy said.

Drug, alcohol and tobacco policies and the punishments for breaking them vary among Johnson County school districts.

Sometimes school officials might give students who come to school under the influence of drugs or alcohol a second chance if the student has never been in trouble before.

But students who have drugs or alcohol with them at school or who are caught using the substances multiple times typically face harsher consequences, because school officials have to assume the drugs could have been given to other students.

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