UPDATE: Student Caught with Rx Drugs; Police Cracking Down in Schools

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE: 11/8/12 @ 6:55 P.M.
WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two high school students already in trouble at school may now be in even bigger trouble.

The teenage boys were scheduled to attend after-school detention, but before it started they were caught with prescription drugs.

This is just one example of police cracking down on drugs in schools.

Police say students are getting clever when it comes to hiding those drugs.

“They'll hide stuff inside here (a cell phone cover) and then put the phone right back in on top of it,” Winfield Police School Resource Officer Mike Kordusky said.

Kordusky spends his days at Winfield High School, and has been finding drugs in strange places.

“Who's gonna search a kid with a bible?” Kordusky said.

Kordusky said hiding drugs in cell phones and bibles has become the latest trend for students who bring drugs to school.

They may have good hiding places, but more and more students are getting caught.

Wednesday, Kordusky busted two teenagers in the boys' bathroom.

“One of the other young people spoke up and said I just wanted to let you know that I have my ADHD medicine on me, and of course that was the beginning of the problem,” Kordusky said.

The problem being that the drugs didn't belong to him. Police say he admitted to stealing them from a family member, bringing them to school and sharing them with another student.

“It destroys our children and our society,” Sandra Devore, a parent, said about drugs.

Devore said her son became addicted to drugs when he was in high school.

“It was devastating, very hard,” she said.

Her son has since recovered, but with two younger children, Devore still worries about drugs in schools.

“Winfield High School is not as bad as some,” Kordusky said. “Are we satisfied with not being as bad as some? No.”

As for the two students caught, Kordusky says only one was cited with possession of a controlled substance.

Officials with the Putnam County board of education say the consequences they face have not been decided.

WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A 16-year-old Winfield High School junior was charged Wednesday with bringing prescription medication to school, according to information from the Winfield Police Department.

That student is charged with possession and intent to distribute prescription medication.

Another student, a 17-year-old junior, also faces possible charges.

Both students were scheduled to attend after-school detention before they were detained and investigated by school officials and Winfield Police.

Officers say a student reported that several students were in a second-floor restroom using illegal substances.

Police found the 16-year-old boy was in possession of 15 capsules of 20 mg Vyvanse and one empty pill container of Metaxalone 800 mg.

Winfield Police Officer Mike Kordusky said that Vyvanse is an amphetamine that is a popular medication licensed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults, adolescents and children

The 17-year-old junior was in possession of one capsule of Vyvanse. The 16-year-old boy told police he had stolen the prescription medication from family members. He also admitted to self-medicating himself with three Metaxalone 800 mg pills, and providing one 20 mg capsule of Vyvanse to his 17-year-old friend, police say.

Charges against the 17-year-old are pending the outcome of disciplinary review by the high school administration.

School officials told police that the 16-year-old student will be expelled from Winfield High School, and the 17-year-old student will be suspended.

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