School clerk pleads guilty to taking students’ Ritalin


MUSKEGON, MI (WOOD) — A clerk at a middle school in western Michigan accused of stealing Ritalin prescribed to students and replacing it with something else pleaded guilty.

Friday, Shelly Dykstra pleaded guilty in a Muskegon County Circuit Court to larceny in a building and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Her sentencing hear is scheduled for June 17.

In March, personnel at Mona Shores Middle School noticed that medications were missing that were supposed to be provided to students.

Mona Shores Superintendent Greg Helmer told 24 Hour News 8 that in Dykstra’s role as a clerk, she dispensed prescriptions to students regularly. He also said she was “dealing with personal and significant issues” made “bad choices” and “found a way to cover it up.”

Norton Shores police say that Dykstra took the drugs, but there is no evidence that she sold or distributed the drugs.

It appears that Dykstra, a clerk at the school, replaced drugs to make it appear that the bottles were fuller than they actually were.

It’s unknown what Dykstra was allegedly giving students instead of Ritalin, a medication used to treat ADD, ADHD and narcolepsy.

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