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20:00  20 august  2019
20:00  20 august  2019 Source:   tennessean.com

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A former Sumner County school nurse has been accused of stealing medication from students and swapping drugs to cover her tracks, causing some kids to receive the wrong pills or no pills at all, according to police, school and state nursing board records.

Sumner County school nurse accused of stealing medication from students© Sumner County Sheriff's Department Virginia King, a former nurse at Station Camp High School, has been arrested for allegedly stealing pills from students.

Virginia “Ginnie" King, 29, of Hendersonville, a former nurse at Station Camp High School, has been charged with three counts of theft. Charges were filed against King last year, but her case wasn’t widely known until it was revealed in public records obtained by The Tennessean last week.

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King worked for Sumner County Schools for about two-and-a-half years before resigning in November. A substitute nurse who took King’s place discovered medications were missing, then Sumner County Schools officials called the police.

“We believe this is an example of our procedures working,” said Jeremy Johnson, a Sumner County Schools spokesman. “But in an abundance of caution we have added additional clinic audits as an extra safeguard to ensure we are identifying any potential issue as soon as possible.”

Police records say the ensuing investigation revealed King swiped 82 medication doses from at least three students and that at least six students were missing medication. The drugs included Focalin and Adderall, both of which are used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

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King's attorney, Rob McKinney, declined to comment on her case.

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Records: Kids got wrong pills or no pills

As a school nurse, King was responsible for securing and maintaining the prescription medications that some students take while at school. Students with prescriptions visit the nurse daily to take their pills, and the pill bottles are kept in a drug locker that can only be opened by the nurse and one other school employee.

Under King's watch, however, several students reported their prescriptions sometimes ran out early or they received the wrong doses or pills that were the wrong shape, according to records obtained from the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Investigators discovered one of the pill bottles in King's custody contained Atenolol — a blood pressure medication the student had not been prescribed.

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Nursing board records also describe two incidents earlier in the school year when King reported medication thefts to the Station Camp school resource officer. She accused a special education student and a special education assistant. The officer did not consider her allegations credible.

Finally, nursing board records accuse King of misappropriating money that students paid to her for CPR training. Eight students each paid $20 that King was supposed to forward to a certifying agency, but the money was never received, records state.

The nursing board suspended Young's nursing license last month.

King's next criminal hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 17 in Sumner County. Because of multiple court continuances, King has not yet entered an initial plea in this case.

Brett Kelman is the health care reporter for The Tennessean. He can be reached at 615-259-8287 or at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at @brettkelman.

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