LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A California student gave friends what he said was a piece of candy called a "Smartie," but it was actually meth.

A voicemail notified parents of students at Ione Junior High School near Sacramento this week. It told them to talk to their children about taking candy from friends, after a student brought meth to school claiming it was candy. 

Ione Principal Bill Murray says it's a wake up call about educating younger students about the dangers of drugs. 

"It's the first time in my career I've ever had this, and I've been in the business 46 years," Murray said. 

Parent Melissa Coviello was shocked. "I mean who would've thought you would have to say no to candy because it could be drugs?" 

School officials say the 14-year-old 8th grader who brought the pills to school is facing charges. 

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