Nine Harris Middle School students face charges in connection with generic Xanax tablets being distributed Tuesday, investigators said.
"One student brought generic Xanax and gave them out," Capt. Tony Barrett of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said. "Four actually took them. Nine were in possession of them."
Ambulances were called to the school after the use was discovered.
"Four ambulance personnel went to the school and checked them out," Barrett said. "Some of the parents may have taken them to the hospital to be checked as well."
All nine were brought to the sheriff's department and questioned after being checked out, Barrett said.
"All have juvenile petitions for possession of pills. The one who brought the pills will face more serious charges," according to Barrett.
Another student -- not the pill supplier, according to Barrett, had drug paraphernalia in his possession.
"We found a cloth bag on one of the students containing a pipe that had been smoked," Barrett said. "We're not sure what the substance was but it was not tobacco. He will be facing more serious charges."