JACKSBORO, TN. (WLAF)- A former school nurse has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of stealing medications from students.
Sherry Lancaster, a one-time school nurse at Jellico Elementary School, agreed in court Monday she was guilty of six counts of theft under $1,000 and six counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
Following her plea, she was sentenced to six days in jail with credit for time served and four years unsupervised probation.
Lancaster’s crimes were revealed last year when the parent of two children at the school noticed behavioral changes in the children. During the course of the day, Lancaster was responsible for giving the two children their Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder medication, court records said. However, after the changes were noticed, the children allegedly said they were only receiving “half doses” from Lancaster.
School officials conducted an internal review. This revealed deficiencies in the pill count system and that there were no completed forms showing where medications had been “dropped or otherwise contaminated.”
Lancaster allegedly told school officials some of the pills had been droppe, but there was no proof to her story. She resigned after the internal review.
When questioned by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Lancaster confessed that she had dropped the medication and had taken it instead of properly disposing of it, the court record said. Lancaster took the pills for a “boost,” she also said.
This conviction makes Lancaster ineligible to work as a nurse. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 12/01/2021- 6AM)