A high school student in Virginia’s Fairfax County has received a two-week suspension and a threat of expulsion … for taking her birth control pill at lunch.

Oakton High School considers bringing prescription drugs to school one of the most serious violations a student can commit — it brings a harsher punishment than use of heroin or LSD, and the same penalty as possession of a handgun on school property.

The student’s mother was aware of, and supportive of, her decision to go on the pill. Birth control pills are most effective if taken at the same time every day, and the student began taking them at lunch over the summer. Neither the student nor her mother was aware that the punishment for continuing to do so in the fall could be so severe.

The student faced a hearing before school officials on Thursday, and has yet to hear whether she will be expelled.

Thanks to Amplify Your Voice for the heads-up on this story.

August 5 update: Stephen Colbert ran a segment on the incident on Monday night’s Colbert Report.