Mother concerned after daughter receives prescription pills from fellow student at school
A Siouxland mother is warning parents of the possibility that prescription drugs could be distributed to their child, by other students.
Tamara Hatfield has two children who attend North Middle School here in Sioux City.
She's now wanting to pull both of them out of the district due to her 14 year old daughter Abigail coming home from school with unknown pills in her system.
"I thought she was dead, really I did. She went in to lay down and I went in to check on her and I really thought my daughter was dead," said Hatfield about her daughter.
This was Tamara Hatfield's reaction to finding out her 14 year old daughter had taken unknown pills given to her by a fellow student at North Middle School.
After making sure Abigail was fine, Tamara's motherly instinct took over and she immediately decided to check Abigail's phone.
Hatfield continued, "And I started reading all these messages about this pill, yellow pills, and pink pills, and I went okay so my daughters consumed two pills I don't know plus I gave her her prescription, now my daughter has overdosed."
Now this mother is warning other parents of the possible dangers for their children, saying school districts avoid parent to parent interactions but that could be what is needed to get issues like this resolved.
"We had an incident at school where prescription drugs were being passed to other students, if you wouldn't mind, talk to your kids tonight, these are the things that are important, and that's how we intervene. If we don't come together, this is never going to get better," said Hatfield.
We reached out to the Sioux City Community School District for comment and this was part of their statement regarding the issue.
"Drug use and distribution is strictly prohibited. The student handbook specifies, "The District maintains a drug/alcohol/tobacco/nicotine free environment for all district facilities, grounds, and vehicles." It is important to dispel any rumors and to be very clear that no drugs have been sold on school grounds.
Along with reaching out to the school district Hatfield filed a police report, hoping to bring more awareness to the situation.
Hatfield was told by the North Middle School police officer the case was closed and Abigail would be getting information in the mail regarding her testifying against the student who distributed the pills.
Finally for this mother, she's proud to say her actions could cause change in how the district handles these situations, which is something she says is desperately needed.
Hatfield said, "We as parents really do need to come together and say we want an official statement when something of this magnitude happens in our school. We all want to be notified so that we know what questions to ask our teenagers, to ask our kids."
Abigail Hatfield has not returned to school since the incident took place on February 7th.
Tamara said she doesn't plan on sending Abigail back anytime soon.
She has requested the release of her two children out of the Sioux City School District.
FULL STATEMENT FROM THE SIOUX CITY COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT:
The District is proactive at maintaining a drug-free, safe school environment. Drug use and distribution is strictly prohibited. The student handbook specifies, "The District maintains a drug/alcohol/tobacco/nicotine free environment for all district facilities, grounds, and vehicles." In addition, the District has a comprehensive program that includes prevention education, school-based support teams, and an awareness program for district personnel on the signs and symptoms. For more information on our policies and practices, please see board policy 121, 504.15 and AR504.15. It is important to dispel any rumors and to be very clear that no drugs have been sold on school grounds."