Student accused of sharing pills at Weber County school

Student accused of sharing pills at Weber County school

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PLAIN CITY -- Some students at a Weber County high school could face charges for passing and popping pills.

According to the Standard Examiner, authorities say a 15-year-old sophomore at Fremont High School in Plain City confessed to giving pills to four other students on Friday. Three of the four took one of the pills.

All were later checked by paramedics then released to their parents. One student reported feeling flushed. He had a high heart rate and high blood pressure.

Authorities are analyzing the pills but believe they were Ecstasy.

Weber County authorities could charge all the students involved, including the one who accepted a pill but didn't swallow it.

The newspaper reports two of the students who accepted a pill are 16 years old, two are 18 years old. The 15-year-old could face a charge of distribution of a controlled substance in a school zone. The other four could face charges for possession of a controlled substance.

School administrators became aware of the situation when they received information about the 15-year-old possibly being in possession of a controlled substance.

Weber County School District Spokesman Nate Taggart says the students have been suspended. They'll now face mandatory assessments and counseling. "The kids will be allowed back into school at the end of their suspension, hopefully better off than when they started out," he said.

Taggart says the district takes a proactive approach to drugs in schools, but he says they're aware that there are drug issues in the schools.

Earlier this month, nine students at Davis Junior High School were sickened by prescription drugs that a student had brought to school.

This story compiled with contributions from Mary Richards and Marc Giauque.

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