Tonganoxie Tonganoxie Police are investigating two Tonganoxie Junior High School students who admitted distributing prescription pills to other students.
Tonganoxie Police Lt. Billy Adcox said Wednesday it was believed the students distributed between 50 and 150 hydrocodone pills, also known as Vicodin or Lortab.
The two male ninth-graders admitted to police they had distributed the pain killers.
The prescription for the drug had been written for one of the students' relatives. None of the pills has been recovered, police said.
Based on interviews with students, Adcox said it appeared the two students distributed the drug to four other Tonganoxie ninth-graders.
The students admitted to selling some of the pills. They said not all the pills were distributed, but they no longer have them.
"We're not for sure on that yet, whether they had given them to someone else," Adcox said.
TJHS principal Steve Woolf said after interviews with students he thought someone outside the district had the remaining pills.
All six students have been suspended. Woolf declined comment on how long the suspensions would last. He said, according to the student handbook, the offense could carry a full year's expulsion from school. But an expulsion committee, consisting of administrators, would make a final decision, Woolf said.
Woolf said any student found with drugs would face some level of suspension.
School policy requires all medications, prescription or over-the-counter, be turned into the school nurse, who then distributes the drugs to the student.
"We try to go on the stricter side when we can but need to send a clear message," Woolf said. "I think we will in this situation."
Police were tipped off about the drug distribution by a person who called Adcox.
"This is the first one we actually heard about and found to be true," Adcox said.
Adcox said the incident still is under investigation. Once the report is finished, it will be sent to the county attorney's office.
"We'll do what we can to get kids back on the right track and get going again," Adcox said.