Thursday, November 15, 2012
Staples Expels Three in Pot-Laced Brownie Incidents
Three students at Westport’s Staples High School have been expelled for a year each for bringing marijuana-laced brownies into school in two separate incidents.
Principal John Dodig informed parents of the expulsions Wednesday afternoon in an email, according to a story posted on the website of Inklings, the school newspaper.
In the email, it said Dodig told parents some may come back to school earlier “with the expulsion hanging over their heads ready to be reinstated if they make another big mistake.”
The principal explained that the school is not responsible for family decisions regarding drugs and alcohol, the newspaper said.
However, it is the school’s duty as educators to teach students about the facts and to punish them when they don’t follow school, and legal, rules, Dodig reportedly said.
“They get all of that information from their health classes,” Dodig said. “Still, the temptation is there for many reasons and the consequences of getting caught are dire.”
Dodig described this incident as a big mistake, especially because “drugs in school cannot be tolerated.”
His email went on to encourage parents to teach their children about making safe and healthy choices.
“Working together, as we have in the past, we will continue to be successful in this regard,” he said.
The note also included a warning about today’s homecoming game. Dodig asked parents to talk to their kids, to ensure the safety and health of all students, especially at the football game.
“I gave up preaching morality years ago… We must always be ready to acknowledge that some will continue to make mistakes in judgment,” he said, according to Inklings.
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