School incident spotlights drug use

A school and police investigation that resulted in the arrests of three Franklin Community Middle School students last month started when a student was sent to the school office wobbling and with slurred speech.

After staff members began asking questions, they found the student had taken Alprazolam, a prescription similar to Xanax that treats anxiety, and had been given the drug at school. The student was taken by parents to an area hospital. And school officials quickly found out a total of seven students had either taken, handed out or sold the drug at school.

Police arrested three students last month after the drugs were found — two for dealing a narcotic on school property and the third for possession of a narcotic. But Johnson County Prosecutor Brad Cooper will not charge the two students who passed out the drugs because he said they should have been read their Miranda rights and given the chance to meet with their parents before they were questioned by school officials.

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