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Conyers Middle School students arrested in pill incident

CONYERS -- Two Conyers Middle School students have been arrested following an incident last week in which they had prescription pain pills not prescribed to them on campus earlier this month.

Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Lt. Mike Sellers said two juveniles were charged with possession of a controlled substance in a school safety zone. On Jan. 13, school officials caught two students with a prescription pain pill that wasn't prescribed to them; five additional students admitted to previously taking a pill that didn't belong to them.

Sellers said he doesn't expect to make any other arrests at this time.

He said the two charged students already have made one appearance in juvenile court and will have to make another one.

On Wednesday, RCSO conducted a routine K-9 search at the school. School Principal Maryland NeSmith said in an automated phone call to parents on Wednesday afternoon that the school followed county protocol to lock down the school building during the search.

"It was a normal routine prescheduled event; it had nothing to do with the incident before," Sellers said. "We do random searches at the schools."

He said nothing was found during the search.

NeSmith said the searches are implemented for precautionary measures to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.

All seven students also were punished according to the Rockdale County Public School Discipline Code of Conduct.

According to the code, suspension is permissible for up to 10 days for students who share or are involved in transmission ofhis/her over-the-counter medication with anyone else.

Additionally, a student who possesses a drug requiring a prescription or a substance represented to be a drug are automatically referred to law enforcement and will serve an automatic 10-day out-of-school suspension. They also will receive a mandatory referral for a student disciplinary hearing and student/parent participation in theRockdale County Alcohol/Drug Awareness Program or a similar program for eight hours.