School nurse resigns amid theft allegations

LAKE CITY, Fla. -- A school nurse was arrested Tuesday following an investigation into the theft of prescription medication from the nurse's station at Pinemount Elementary School.

Marilee Boozer submitted her resignation Tuesday in reaction to the investigation, which began May 9th, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

The school board reviewed and approved Boozer's request during a school board meeting Tuesday night.

"We actually are in the the midst of that investigation, talked to our supervising nurse who has been pouring over student records and so forth, she's spent two or three days and we're trying to and get to the bottom of that and move forward also," said Superintendent Terry Huddleston with the Columbia County School District.

CCSO said the investigation will continue as school resource deputies identify and interview more potential victims.

Boozer, 24, was arrested at her home and is charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance. She was booked into the Columbia county Detention Facility with a $5000 bond. She was released at 5:

"I was angry. I was very angry," said Teresa Elwell Tuesday morning. Her 5-year-old grandson is a kindergartner at Pinemount Elementary School.

Elwell's anger followed after she said she got a call Tuesday from authorities saying, "Your grandson has medication missing," she explained as she talked about what was said in the phone call.

Elwell said she's had concerns about this since February and she claims she tried raising those concerns with school officials since then. Now, she's so concerned for her grandson, she took him to the doctor Tuesday morning for tests to see if there are other medications in his system.

"We ask him has she been giving him his medicine," Elwell said, referring to the school nurse. "He said yes and it was a yellow pill. His Ritalin is blue. Elwell said she wants something done. "I want action taken and I want answers," Elwell said, emphatically.

CCSO Deputy Murray Smith said this case will be referred to the State Attorney's Office for review. Smith told FCN they're not aware of any health or safety concerns for students or anyone at the school.


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