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Suspected Marijuana Deal at Harrison Middle School

'It appears as if one of the students sold a 'joint' to the other.' - Superintendent Korchnak

police officers came to at around 10:01 a.m. on Thursday for a report that at least one student was in possession of a small amount of marijuana there.

Superintendent Dr. Lawrence C. Korchnak said that a seventh-grade male appeared to sell a "joint" to another seventh-grade male and that both of them were in possession of the marijuana, but Chief Donald R. Dolfi said that his department has not yet determined if both students were in possession.

Dolfi said that a J.E. Harrison teacher observed the believed transaction.

The Whitehall police did not arrest either of the students.

School district officials and the Whitehall police are conducting separate—albeit related—investigations. Both groups can decide whether or not to levy punishments, with the school district falling under state school code and the police department falling under state crimes code.

"The two (investigations) are independent of each other," Dolfi explained.

Neither entity has concluded its investigation yet.

Korchnak said that "a few other students appear to have had drug interactions with this student (believed to be selling the marijuana on Thursday) in the past" and that each of those students was interviewed and searched.

Each student's parents were notified.

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Jean Smith January 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM
When my daughter was at Harrison last year there was a major problem with marijuana at the middle school. My daughter is up at the High School now an it is worse up in the high school. They deal drugs right out in the hallways and in the bathroom and no one says anything or notices this. My daughter refuses to go into the bathrooms at school because they smoke pot in the bathroom between periods. When is the School District going to wake up and deal with this problem?
bd January 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Jean - There are is no drug problem in the schools. Just ask any school board member. Everything is just wonderful. The schools you mention are in Whitehall. Nothing unlawful goes on there either.
Sandra January 23, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Why don't they suspend these kids? This happened in Baldwin in the 80s and they were suspended when caught. I would think the drug rules would be more strict now than 25 years ago.
Jean Smith January 24, 2012 at 09:11 AM
This also happened in the 70's at Baldwin too and got swept under the carpet then too. If they don't want to suspend the students, then they should start firing the teachers, school board and the rest of the jokers that are sweeping it under the carpets. My daughter keeps on asking me to move because of all the problems that are in the school district that most parents aren't aware of of what is going on up at the high school now from drugs that can be bought in the school bathrooms, stairwells, to students still not having places to sit at lunch time because of over crowding.

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