Conyers Middle School students caught with pills

CONYERS -- Some Conyers Middle School students were punished Friday, after being caught with someone else's prescription drugs.

"During the day (Friday), we were made aware of the possibility of some students having prescription pain medication on campus that was not prescribed to them," said school Principal Maryland Nesmith in an automated call to parents on Friday evening. "We investigated the allegation and did find this to be true."

She said staff notified law enforcement and took "appropriate disciplinary action."

Officials from Rockdale County Public Schools said more information would not be available until today because of the weekend and Monday's holiday.

According to the Rockdale County Board of Education's policy on medication, any student possessing prescription or over-the-counter medication not in accordance guidelines will be considered in violation of the school system's drug policy and shall be subject to the discipline set forth in the RCPS student code of conduct and/or the student/parent handbook.

Conyers Middle School staff said they hope parents would talk to their students about the danger of drug use, even when it comes to prescription pills.

"Please take this opportunity to talk to your children about the seriousness of drugs and the consequences of inappropriate drug use," Nesmith told parents. "The safety and health and wellbeing of our students and staff are always our top priority."