A Clark County school nurse admitted to taking prescription pills from students, according to court documents filed in Clark County Municipal Court.
Amy Baumgardner, 48, of Springfield Twp., pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony theft charge. She was arrested Thursday night after she told Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigators that she took pills at Reid School, 3640 E. High St., where she worked as a nurse.
“The defendant did admit to take one Adderall pill from a student while working as a nurse at Reid School. The defendant stated that she has taken several (less than five) other pills during her employment at Reid School, this year for her addiction,” according to a statement filed from Deputy Mark Lane.
Adderall, introduced by Shire Pharmaceuticals in 1996, is a controlled substance commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Clark-Shawnee Local School District officials did not identify Baumgartner, and reported on Friday that a nurse’s aide was placed on leave. However, court documents identify the employee as Baumgardner who works as a nurse. Related: Clark County school aide on leave due to missing student medication
Baumgardner reported missing medication to Principal Amanda Ike after a parent raised concern that her son should have had enough medication for the rest of the week. When deputies spoke to Baumgardner, she initially blamed the missing pills on poor record-keeping and sloppy procedures, and said she was working to improve her forms and filing system. After she was placed on leave pending the investigation, Baumgartner called a friend who worked for the sheriff’s office. She admitted to her friend she took pills and asked him to facilitate a meeting with investigators, court records show.