The administration of Horry-Georgetown Technical College has issued an apology concerning “happy pills” that were handed out to children during a recent event.
The apology was made Monday, two days after a faculty member distributed M&Ms in prescription pill bottles to children in attendance at a family event that took place off campus during the Fun Run associated with the Myrtle Beach Marathon.
Each of the pill bottles contained a label stating the bottle contained “happy pills” and were for “a great kid.”
The instructions on the label stated to “take 1 m & m every 2 to 4 hours.” It stated the child “may refill 5 times by 2/13/2016.”
According to a statement released by HGTC, the bottles of candy were handed out by a faculty member promoting her medical technology program.
School officials say they heard from several parents who were concerned about the message sent out by the distribution of “happy pills” to children.
“While we know this professor meant the candy to serve as a treat, the method of distribution may have confused pre-school children whose parents have taught them not to take pills from pharmaceutical bottles. The college administration deeply apologizes for the distress and confusion this action may have caused and seeks your forgiveness for our thoughtlessness,” the statement reads. “We regret further that professors and administrators are human and, although eager to share information about growing careers, sometimes make mistakes. This particular mistake will not occur again.”
Read more in Thursday's edition of the Horry Independent.