FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Sawgrass Springs Middle School student has been charged after she and five of her eighth grade classmates were taken to the hospital Wednesday after they took a prescription drug.
Coral Springs police said the 13-year old who brought the drug to school was not cooperative during questioning. She was charged with possession of a Legend Drug (prescription drug) which is a misdemeanor. It will be up to the Broward State Attorney’s Office if she will be arrested.
Mike Moser, Coral Springs Fire Rescue spokesman said the pills the girls took were Glipizide.
According to several medical websites, Glipizide is a drug used for various medical conditions including diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and gastric disorders. Side effects can include Myocardial infarction (heart attack), feeling abnormal and nausea.
Moser said none of the students displayed any of the typical signs or symptoms. They were all conscious and alert when they were taken to the hospital.
Thursday morning the usually busy drop off time at the school was a buzz about what had happened the day before.
“This is something that nobody can play with it,” said parent Lorena Chicaiza. “She’s a diabetic person and that type of medicine is very dangerous.”
“I think it was,” said her daughter Daniella, “I got surprised when I heard that.”
Police have not said if the girl had a prescription for the medication.
The girls who took the medication were taken to Broward Health Coral Springs due to a reaction to it. Two other students were evaluated at the school, located at 12500 West Sample Road.
Poison Control recommended the students be monitored at the hospital for 24 hours.
Student Ayisha Torres said she turned down the pill.
“There were two girls at lunchtime trying to pass it around and try to give people some. We’re like, we’re kids,” said Torres.
Parent Marian Feraru told CBS4 News that she’s complained about possible drug activity at the school.
“I’m very upset with this school, especially with the principal,” said Feraru. “My daughter is telling me that a lot of kids are doing drugs in the school and nobody seems to be doing anything about it.”
But this father says parents have only themselves to blame for incidents like this.
“I think it’s the parents responsibility to take care of those medications,” said Ruben Francis.
A teacher at the school who did not want to provide her name said Sawgrass Springs is an “A” school and that this is an isolated incident. She said the school staff handled the situation quickly and in the correct manner.
There’s no word from Broward Schools whether any of the girls will face censure by the district.
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