Midlakes students disciplined after marijuana use on campus

September 29, 2017 11:12 PM

Another rural school district is disciplining its students for illegal drug use. Monday, we told you the Geneseo Blue Devils were forced to forfeit their season due to allegations of OxyContin use by team members.

Friday night, we're learning several students at Midlakes High School are in trouble for marijuana use in school.

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The superintendent for the school district confirms marijuana was found on students in school last week and that a small group of students had used the drug. He says a couple of students required medical attention.

"We’re confident that we know the students involved here on campus and we’ve dealt with those students appropriately," says Superintendent Matt Sickles. "In terms of where the drugs may have originated, that’s a police matter at this time."

Superintendent Sickles says this incident involves several students. He wouldn’t say how many -- only that the number is significantly less than ten. He says the students who required medical attention are healthy and safe.

He says the administration investigated, the parents of the students were notified and the students have been in his words, "dealt with." Sickles says this is being handled as a school matter. We tried to get reaction from parents at a football game Friday night, but no one wanted to speak on camera. Many parents told us they didn’t know about this incident; others didn't want to talk about it. One parent did say she’s happy the district is addressing this issue.

"Unfortunately, drugs are part of the lives of many adolescents," says Sickles. "It’s not something that we're happy about, but we take a number of steps to try to promote to keep our kids safe and promote that drug-free environment. Part of that is dealing with things like this when they happen. We deal with it swiftly and thoroughly."

Sickles would not specify if the students have been suspended. He also says since this has become a police matter, some students could face criminal charges.


Lynette Adams

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