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Students admit pot use

Saturday, September 13, 2003

Two Northview High School students were supended and recommended for explusion Friday. The case has been handed over to Clay County juvenile authorities for further action.

Principal Ken Wallace said two students entered the school "smelling heavily of marijuana" Friday morning. The students, were of driving age, but were not adults, so their names were withheld.

Dean of Students Jim Church and Wallace conducted a search of the vehicles driven to school by the two boys. A small amount of marijuana was found in both vehicles. Additionally, in one of the vehicles, digital scales, small balance scales, four packs of rolling papers, a box of plastic bags and five prescription pills for which the student had no prescription were also found, Wallace said.

The material "led us to believe the student might be involved in drug trafficking," Wallace added.

Around 11 a.m. Friday, Indiana State Police were notified and are conducting a criminal investigation, said 1st Sgt. Duke Smith, Indiana State Police, Terre Haute.

School officials do not call police unless evidence of a possible crime is found.

"When evidence is found, we are required at that point to call law enforcement officials," Wallace said.

Such crime is rare at Northview High School.

"There was not a single incident last year that we found drugs on a student," Wallace said.

But, there was one alcohol incident and it is possible other students have broken the law but were not caught, he added.

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