Wednesday, students and staff at Birdlebough High School in Phoenix were shocked to see a 15 year old student go into convulsions from an apparent overdose of prescription pain medications, hydrocodone and tramadol.
As she was rushed off in an ambulance, the girl's friend, 16 year old Mary Lambertson was questioned by Police Chief Rod Carr. Carr says Lambertson admitted stealing drugs from her family's medicine cabinet and smuggling them into school. "She indicated to me she knew what the drugs were, what they were designed to do. I think she was very surprised her friend had the seizure."
Phoenix school officials sent a letter to parents informing them of an incident but made no mention of the drugs. Superintendent Rita Racette told me by phone the district is "taking action but can't speak to specifics." Principal Greg Molloy added. "Safety is our number one priority."
No one answered the door at Lambertson's home in Pennellville, but neighbor, Adele Lenway, came to the family's defense. "They're good, good people that have been trying hard to raise their children and do a good job of it. This is a terrible tragedy for them"
When asked about Mary Lambertson, Lenway replied, "Sure hope she gets some help. they have tried desperately to get her help."
16 year old Mary Lambertson faces two felony counts of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. She was sent to jail Wednesday in lieu of $2500 bail.