BROOKSVILLE — One Hernando High student sold the Xanax pills, authorities say.
Two students purchased the pills and came to school high on the anti-anxiety drug the next day, according to reports from the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
A fourth student hid some of the pills to keep one of her classmates out of trouble.
Now, all four have been arrested on drug charges.
School administrators at the Bell Avenue campus told the school resource officer Friday morning they had reason to believe two female students were under the influence of drugs. The girls, both 17, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and "unstable mobility," resource officer Deputy Bill Pope wrote in a report.
One girl said she took a pill at home before school that day and a half pill on campus. The other student admitted to taking the other half of the pill at that time and a full pill while on campus earlier in the day.
Both girls admitted that they purchased pills from another female student, Pope wrote.
One of the students handed over a small plastic bag containing eight and a half Xanax pills, Pope's report states.
The other girl said a classmate took a makeup container containing two pills out of her purse before she was called to the office.
The classmate, a 17-year-old girl, told Pope she took the container out of her friend's purse "to keep her from getting in trouble," according to the report. That student was arrested Friday.
The two students who admitted to taking the drug were taken by their guardians to receive medical care Friday afternoon and arrested Monday morning, a sheriff's office spokeswoman said.
All three students were charged with possession of a controlled substance, booked at the Hernando County jail and released to their parents.
On Friday afternoon, a 16-year-old female student admitted to Pope that she sold 10 pills to one of the girls for $2 each and five pills to the other girl for the same price.
She was arrested and charged with sale of a controlled substance, booked at the jail and released to a parent.
The Times is not identifying the students because they are minors.
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