WESLEY CHAPEL — A clinic assistant at New River Elementary School was arrested Friday morning after, deputies say, she was caught stealing a student's medication.
School had been in session for six days when a parents decided to take the child off medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. They went to the school Wednesday to pick up the medication and noticed that the number of remaining pills was short.
They contacted the principal, who sent employee relations workers to question Kimberly Smith, who had been working there as a clinic assistant since October.
At first, Smith denied taking the pills, saying she'd been giving the student an increased dose, said Pasco schools spokeswoman Linda Cobbe. Smith later admitted taking the pills herself, Cobbe said.
Smith resigned Wednesday. She was arrested at her Dade City home Friday. She is expected to be charged with possession of a controlled substance, Cobbe said, and was being booked into the Land O'Lakes jail.
Cobbe added that the School Board does criminal background checks on all of its employees. Smith had no criminal history when she interviewed for the job in September.