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SUGAR HILL, Ga. (WXIA) -- The parents of two Gwinnett County fifth graders are protesting their children's four day suspension for using a prescription allergy medication at school.

A Gwinnett School spokesperson said the pair violated the system's code of conduct when it comes to prescription medication.

"There should be some consequence, we just think a four day suspension is not what's best," said Marita Ballard-Murphy, the mother of one of the students. "My daughter certainly doesn't think nasal spray is a bad drug. She thinks it's helpful."

Ballard-Murphy's daughter felt bad enough last Friday that she took her mother's prescription Nasonex to Sycamore Elementary School. Ballard-Murphy had no idea her daughter had taken the nasal spray to school.

When the child noticed that her best friend was sneezing and sniffling, she offered to share the nasal spray. The two were given the minimum four-day suspension for the violation.

"We're talking about making sure all of the students are safe in that classroom," said Gwinnett School spokesperson Jorge Quintana. "Having medication that's not authorized puts those students' health at risk."

The system's policy states that any prescription medication taken to school should be taken to the clinic. Students are not allowed to bring another person's medication to school, and not allowed to share medications with others.

The mother of the other child says it was an innocent mistake.

"They're young," said Tanthia Ried. "It was purely innocent. They share lipstick."

The school system says the children's age was taken into consideration before handing down the suspension.

"It would be difficult to believe another parent would be fine with a classmate sharing medication," said Quintana.

The parents met with the Sycamore's principal on Monday and were told the suspension would be reviewed.

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