Former Paxton school nurse sentenced to two years of probation

Erin Franczak
Northwest Florida Daily News

PAXTON—A former school nurse was sentenced to two years of probation for allegedly mishandling children’s medicine at Paxton School, court records said.

Jacquetta Lowry of Laurel Hill was originally charged with two counts of child abuse, but she pleaded no contest to two counts of culpable negligence.

Lowry was put under investigation in May of last year after a concerned parent, Sherry Head, told the principal her 12-year-old son thought the medicine administered by Lowry looked different than his regular prescription. She also said her son had been acting differently and that his medicine was no longer working.

Head said she took her son for urine analysis and the results showed his medicine was not in his system.

“It basically betrays your trust,” Head said. “Their number one job is to protect our child.”

Along with two years of probation, Lowry is not allowed to “engage in the practice of nursing or other medical care in any primary school setting or in any pediatric-based practice.”

She is also required to comply with the Florida Department of Health, Nursing Board, and any other licensing agency. Her license was restricted in July of 2019, according to a document from FDOH.

During the investigation by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, it was revealed that another student’s prescription of Adderall was replaced with Ranitidine, a drug for heartburn.

The investigation also led to the discovery of pills missing from the school’s inventory.

Head said while she was glad Lowry was charged with something, “justice was not served.”

“It makes me angry that she got away with this,” Head said.