Parents claim drugs for sale in Sioux City schools

Parents are stepping forward about what they call a growing problem

SIOUX CITY - "I went in in the afternoon to check on her, and I thought my daughter was dead."

This nightmare almost became a reality for Tamara Hatfield, the mother of a North Middle School student who was rushed to the hospital after a suspected overdose.

Thankfully her daughter made a full physical recovery, but according to numerous students and parents, the problem is continuing. 

"It's horrible, the drugs, the bullying, everything.  You can't get away from it," said Autumn Carda, a North Middle School student.

Her mother Dawn echoes, "Everything is out of control, from the bullying, all the way to the drugs.  I said you need to get a drug dog in here and do a sweep through the school."

The Sioux City School District responded with this message; 

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.

Dawn Carda responded quickly with, "They are lying, because my daughter went to an [event] where they chose what kind of college class they are going to do when they get older, and there was a kid there who brought a bag of weed there to sell the weed."

Her daughter backed that up with another story of her own, "The person that has a locker next to me brought weed to school and was selling it, and one of my friends ended up taking pills one time and she is currently in the hospital."

At one point, the Sioux City Police Department got wind of the swirling rumors, "Right now there is an investigation at North Middle School that is ongoing so we can't comment on anything about that particular incident, but what we want people to know is when it comes to prescription medications and especially with younger kids, it's important for parents to educate their kids on some safety tips.  You never want to take any medications that aren't yours," said crime prevention officer, Andrew Dutler.

This is a developing story, and we will update this as more details become available.


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