BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- A Brunswick County parent says her child's school isn't giving her special needs child his medication. School administrators say they're doing the best they can. Cynthia Averette says her son Chris has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, and takes medication for it three times a day to calm his antsy behavior. He's supposed to get one of those doses while he's at school, but Averette says administrators at Belville Elementary have missed giving Chris his medication twice now. She says she's called the school, and got the run-around. "They told us that he had not had his medication and I asked them why. Nobody could tell me why", says Averette. Averette says she finally heard from Belville's principal. "I got a message from Ms. Beatty, saying that it was my child's responsibility and the teacher's for him to come take his medication. My child is nine. He's not going to remember to come take his medication", said Averette. "There's more than 75 students that take medication over the course of a week", said Adam Henning, Spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools. Henning says it's the child's teacher who's responsible for making sure he takes his medication. But, to prevent mishaps like this in the future, additional staff members have been assigned the responsibility of keeping students' meds in check. Henning said, "And anytime a student misses, their parents are tracked down and notified that their student has missed. So, going forward, this certainly won't be an issue." Administrators say the school's assistant principal, part-time nurse and secretary will be responsible for making sure medications are administered to students. Additional nurses positions have been requested to be funded in the next budget.
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