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Gulfport students suspended over Snapchat video showing pills

Three Gulfport High School students were suspended last week after administrators saw a video of them with prescription pills, officials said.

District representative M.C. Price Barton said a student was reported Thursday by a schoolmate to have pills on campus. Administrators questioned the student, who denied having the medication, and a search yielded no pills, Price Barton said.

The next morning, a parent went to the school with a Snapchat video on their child's cellphone showing the three students with pills, Price Barton said.

Administrators showed the video to the student they had questioned Thursday and to the student's parents. The student admitted lying the previous day, Price Barton said. Two other students also were questioned.

All three were suspended and an administrative conference will determine if any further punishment is appropriate.

"Protocol was followed," Price Barton said. "And once again, we are proud of the student who came forward and started the conversation of something on campus that shouldn't be."

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