Archive for Thursday, May 10, 2001

Eudora high: Students suspended for drugs

May 10, 2001

Four Eudora High students have been suspended within the last week for allegedly possessing marijuana.

A 17-year-old male and a 15-year-old male were suspended Monday after a drug-sniffing dog led authorities to discovery of trace amounts of an illegal substance in their vehicles that were parked on school grounds.

EHS principal Marty Kobza said he contacted the Eudora police department to bring a drug sniffing dog to the school for the search. Eudora Police Chief Bill Long said the dog was transported from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the school conducted the search. No arrests were made, Long said.

The police department confiscated a green, leafy substance, which was sent to the Kansas Bureau of Investigations' criminal lab for identification.

"It appeared to be marijuana," Long said.

Kobza said two 18-year-old students were also suspended after allegedly possessing marijuana during the school's senior trip to Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., last weekend. The students were caught by sponsors who went as chaperones on the trip.

EHS activities director Larry Mcpherson said the parents of those students were called Sunday night and told to come get them. One senior is an athlete and was suspended from 25 percent of his activities for the rest of the year.

This was a first-time offense for each of the students, Kobza said. On a first offense, students are suspended for five days. In addition, students must undergo or make plans during that period for a drug evaluation by the DCCCA, a Lawrence-based drug and alcohol counseling service. If the DCCCA evaluation shows evidence of a drug problem, a student will be recommended to undergo counseling.

"It's a case by case basis based on the evaluation," Kobza said. "Our primary objective is to get the information to the hands of the parents and get help to the students. We do not want to have students exposed to drugs or alcohol at school or school activities."

Students in the Eudora school district participate in the Drug Awareness Resistance Education program in the sixth-grade and a unit on drug education is integrated into a ninth-grade health class, Kobza said.

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