Five Papillion-La Vista South High School students have been disciplined after they were accused of conducting a prescription drug deal in the cafeteria.

Two of the students were selling nine different prescription meds to three students in view of peers and the school principal, who stepped in Thursday to stop the transaction, a district spokeswoman said.

The students — two juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen — have been either suspended or expelled, spokeswoman Annette Eyman said Tuesday.

This year, district officials have caught students with pills and electronic cigarettes and also have found them in lockers. Prescription pill abuse and vaping are two main concerns for school administrators, Eyman said.

“It’s the thing teenagers are doing these days,” she said. “We really want parents to partner with us and take an active role in keeping these out of our schools.”

The district and Papillion Police Department did an hourlong Facebook Live video called “Drugs, Vaping and Teenagers” in October to help parents become aware of the dangers.

Eyman said parents should keep prescriptions locked up and be accountable for each pill. They also should talk to their kids about the dangers of taking pills that aren’t prescribed to them and to speak up if they see drugs being passed among students.

“A student may say, ‘I’m selling you an ADHD medicine,’ but you don’t really know, unless you’re looking at that bottle,” she said. “If students are going to be that bold about it, what else are they doing?”

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Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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