Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton confirmed Monday a Northview High School female student had been detained early in the morning after it was discovered she had several pills in her possession.
Heaton told The Brazil Times Monday afternoon CCSD Sgt. Dan Best detained the student early Monday morning after receiving a call from NHS officials.
Upon arrival, Best, according to Heaton, learned the pills were no longer in the student's possession.
Heaton said the student was transported to a juvenile detention center in Vincennes for evaluation.
He said some of the pills were identified and the student had approximately 39 in her possession.
"School officials got information that the student had a bunch of pills," Heaton said. "They were in her possession at the time they brought her (to the office)."
Northview Assistant Principal Lynn Romas told The Brazil Times the student, a freshman, was detained by officials some time between 9:30 and 10 a.m.
"A student told us there might be something going on," Romas said.
Romas added all student prescribed medication must be turned into the school nurse, who then dispenses it to students throughout the day.
Heaton said students have been detained before, but it has typically happened at North Clay Middle School.
"This happened at the junior high, but it's been several years ago," Heaton said. "That was before I became sheriff. We had a rash of kids bringing pills to school. We haven't had that for sometime.
"It wasn't a bunch of cases. Just two or three."
Northview Principal Tim Rayle said in his two years in the position, he couldn't' recall a similar situation.
"We want to make sure our students are safe," Rayle said.
Rayle said officials checked if the pills were prescribed medication, which it found they were not.
He said under Indiana law, schools may determine if a student will receive 10 days of suspension following such an incident.
He said the student's parents were notified of the situation prior to calling law enforcement.
Romas said the student has been suspended for 10 days. He said the parents may request a hearing to stop automatic expulsion, according to corporation policy.
If a hearing is requested, Clay Community School Superintendent Dan Schroeder may then assign an expulsion examiner who will hear the case.
Later in the afternoon, Heaton said Deputy K-9 handler Josh Clarke paid a visit to the school after officials said they had smelled the odor of marijuana. However, after a search, nothing was found.