Seven students busted with alcohol at local middle school

Mother upset after her daughter and six other students are busted with alcohol at school

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"They told me over the phone that there was disciplinary action and she was suspended and the eighth grade dance was that night and she couldn't go," said mother Laura Smith. "They told me over the phone that there was disciplinary action and she was suspended and the eighth grade dance was that night and she couldn't go," said mother Laura Smith.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

POWELL (WATE) - Alcohol was discovered among seven students last week and the parents of one of those students decided to take their child to the hospital. 

The students are seventh and eighth graders at Powell Middle School.

A Knox County Schools spokesperson said the alcohol was discovered Friday morning during morning bus hall. 

School officials said appropriate action was taken, but the mother of one of the students suspended disagrees.

Laura Smith's daughter is an eighth grader at Powell Middle School. She said her daughter was suspended on Friday for no reason.

"They told me over the phone that there was disciplinary action and she was suspended and the eighth grade dance was that night and she couldn't go," said Smith.

Smith said as far as her understanding, one person brought alcohol to school and only one person drank it and it wasn't her daughter.

"That there may have been vodka and Oxycontin involved and they said that they thought that she drank it, but she has done a lot of work with the school and that's just not her," said Smith.

Smith says her daughter was unsuspended by late Friday afternoon. Then Tuesday, she was suspended again. 

When Smith asked why, she says school officials told her they found new evidence.

"I feel like she's being railroaded. I feel like she's being bullied and interrogated. We told her after Friday that they are not allowed to talk to her without us and then yesterday they put in the disciplinary action," said Smith.

Smith says her daughter smelled the drink, but did not take a sip. She says the evidence against her daughter may be grainy security video.

"Supposedly there's video, but it's too grainy to see. The thing with that is it's supposed to protect my child. Why can't you see anything on it?" said Smith.

Smith says the incident has not been handled properly.

But in a statement released from the Knox County Schools' Central Office, officials say the appropriate disciplinary action was taken, but specifics on disciplinary actions cannot be released per the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. 

Smith is still uncertain as to the extent of the disciplinary action taken against her daughter.

"We have a meeting tomorrow to find out if she will be expelled from high school," said Smith.

Smith is not condoning drinking, she just says there's no evidence her daughter did anything wrong. She wishes school leaders handled the situation differently and spoke with her about the details before the suspension.

There's no word on the condition of the student who was taken to the hospital by their parents.

In a statement school officials point out the policy states that students shall not possess, distribute or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages in school buildings or on school grounds. 

If a student is suspected to be in violation the principal will be notified. 

The student's parents and law enforcement will be notified and the student shall be subject to suspension.

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