MCSD outlines zero-tolerance drug policy

(WTVM) - COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – At least two students in the Muscogee County School District now facing drug charges in separate cases. The incidents happened just four days apart and left parents concerned about school policies.

The district says each student is given a code of conduct handbook at the start of each school year which outlines a zero-tolerance policy for drugs and their usage or illegal distribution of medicines.

"It prohibits students from bringing any form of a controlled or illegal substance onto campus," says Muscogee County School District Director of Communications, Mercedes Parham. "That includes transmitting and distributing unauthorized uses of medicines."

If you’ll remember Jan. 19th, a student at Hardaway High School was found ill in a school restroom after eating a gummy bear that she received from another female student.

On Jan. 23rd, a female student at Shaw High School provided unauthorized prescription medication to another student.

The student who provided the medication was later charged with possession of narcotics. EMS released the student who received the substance to her legal guardian with no report of injury.

"Once the policy is violated, we have to take immediate action which could possibly lead to expulsion," says Parham.

The school district says if a rule is violated, according to state law, that's when Columbus police will get involved.

The district also says the disciplinary actions taken for those involved is considered on a case by case basis.

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