CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A school aide in Chesterfield County is accused of stealing Adderall prescribed to students and replacing it with over-the-counter medication.

Caitlyn Poytress, 39, of Black Gum Terrace, was arrested Tuesday after police received a call from a parent at Clover Hill Elementary School who reported that her child’s medication had been stolen at school. 

“Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Caitlin Poytress, while a clinic aide at the school, had been stealing Adderall prescribed to students and replacing it with over-the-counter medication.”

Poytress has been charged with three counts of child endangerment, possession of a schedule II drug, possession with intent to distribute a schedule III drug, possession with intent to distribute a schedule IV drug, and three counts of petit larceny.

“The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority.  These are very serious charges and the clinic aide will not be returning to our schools.  The school division is working with Chesterfield Police on their investigation, and we continue to be in direct contact with the families of students who are involved.” — Chesterfield County Public Schools

A woman named Jennifer, who wished to not go on camera, told 8News she has a daughter in the 2nd grade at Clover Hill Elementary School.

“This is just a horrible situation and it really makes you wonder what’s going on in people’s heads,” she said. “I’m obviously shocked by the fact that someone who is supposed to be taking care of our children during the school day would do something like this.” 

Jennifer said that messing with a child’s medication can affect their physical and mental well-being. She provided 8News with a voicemail from the school’s principal regarding Poytress’ employment. 

“You can’t just stop a prescription for a child like that at any point. They have to have that regularly,” Jennifer told 8News. “I hope she gets the full extent of the law.” 

Police continue their investigation into this incident. Anyone with information should contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.   

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