Middle school student charged in pill incident at Eagleton Middle School

One student faces is facing charges in connection with the distribution of pills at Eagleton Middle School earlier this week.

BLOUNT COUNTY, TENN. - UPDATE FRIDAY, 4:30 P.M.: One student is facing charges in connection with the distribution of pills at Eagleton Middle School earlier this week. 

Four students were taken to the hospital after taking pills that a student brought to school on Tuesday. They were treated and released. 

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said Friday that a 14-year-old boy is charged with delinquency by possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance with intent to distribute, reckless endangerment and criminal conspiracy. 

The boy is an eighth grade student at Eagleton Middle School. He is being held at the Blount County Juvenile Detention Facility.

He will likely appear in juvenile court next week, the sheriff's office said. 

PREVIOUS STORY: Four Eagleton Middle School students were treated and released from the hospital after taking pills that a student brought to school Tuesday. 

The Blount County Sheriff's Office said the pills were determined to be prescription medication.

Marla Holbert with Blount County Schools said the school system is investigating in tandem with the BCSO, but said  it's ultimately up to the sheriff's office to determine if criminal petitions are warranted in this case.

Yesterday, the Eagleton Middle School principal called each of the students' parents after learning about the incident and the four kids were taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Each were in stable condition when they arrived.

Eagleton Middle School covers sixth through eighth grade students. 

The school system and the Blount County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident. 

[Editors note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest information]

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