SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WTVF) — A now former school nurse is accused of stealing medication from students in Sumner County.
29 year old Virginia King worked as a nurse at Station Camp High School for just over two years. According to court documents she resigned last November and criminal charges were filed after another nurse discovered medications were missing from a locked cabinet.
Documents show King had several discrepancies with student's medication. According to nursing board records, one student told his mother the nurse would only provide him one tablet instead of the two he's prescribed. Another report claimed a student was given circular pills when his regular pills were shaped like a "D." In a different case, King gave a student a bottle containing Atenolol, a blood pressure medication the student had not been prescribed. King allegedly also lied about medications disappearing. In one report, it said King lied to a staff member about a student's Adderall prescription that went missing, claiming it was picked up by his mother.
The investigation reveals King is also prescribed Adderall herself and a third student had ADHD medication stolen as well. Court records show King stole at least 82 medication doses from students.
In July 2019, the state nursing board suspended her license.
Its unclear just how students were affected by the medication changes but Sumner County schools spokesman Jeremy Johnson sent us the following statement:
"During a routine medication administration process, it was discovered that several students were missing daily medication. We immediately notified law enforcement per our protocols and assisted in their investigation. We believe this is an example of our procedures working, 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. Our students depend on the care our nurses provide each and every day and we take that responsibly very seriously."
King has been charged with three counts of theft.