MARIANNA, Fla. — A Jackson County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer was alerted Monday afternoon to several students displaying unusual behavior on campus.

The deputy and school administrators went to a classroom and made contact with three students who appeared to be lethargic. The students were escorted to the nurse’s station. A short time later, two other students were escorted to the school office with similar behavior and complaints of not feeling well.

The five students were evaluated by medical staff while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive.

It was later determined all five students had intentionally ingested multiple Xanax pills, which law enforcement believes were purchased from a student on campus.

The students showed signs of slurred speech; trouble walking, standing or balancing; glassy eyes; and delayed motor functions, and they struggled to communicate at a normal level.

The five were transported to Jackson Hospital for treatment and observation.

It was later determined that one of the five had distributed Xanax to the other four.

This student was taken into custody and charged with four counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. The student was medically cleared before being transported to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Detention Facility.

The student’s name is being withheld.

Anyone with any information regarding the distribution of illegal drugs on a school campus is asked to notify the school resource officer.

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