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13-252 Five Hospitalized After Seminole Middle School Student Brings Prescription Medications To School

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Patrol Operations Bureau
-School Resource Unit

Arrested:
Elizabeth Sauls (8th grade)
4/13/1999
111 145th Avenue #1
Madeira Beach, FL. 33708

Charges:
1. Dispensing medication without a license (Felony)
2. Possession of a prescription medication without a prescription (Misdemeanor)

Injured students:
Five 8th grade female students (including the suspect)

What:  Five students have been taken to a local hospital this afternoon after ingesting prescription medications illegally brought to school by a classmate.

Where:
Seminole Middle School
8701 131st Street North
Seminole, FL.

When:  The incident occurred at approximately 2:00 p.m. this afternoon (11/18/2013)

How/Why:
Five students have been taken to a local hospital this afternoon after ingesting prescription medications illegally brought to school by a classmate.

Eighth grade Seminole Middle School student Elizabeth Sauls brought prescription medications (Hydroxyzine) to school this morning that she took from her parents unknowingly. 

While at school, Elizabeth distributed these medications to at least four other eighth grade classmates.  Later in the afternoon after all the students (including Elizabeth) had ingested the pills, they began to feel ill from the medications.  All were taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons.  At this time, their condition is non-life threatening.

 Elizabeth will be charged with the following:

  1. Dispensing medication without a license (Felony)
  2. Possession of a prescription medication without a prescription (Misdemeanor)

 The investigation continues.

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