Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School reported two separate incidents to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office within two days regarding students found in possession of marijuana at the campus, which is a drug-free zone, deputies report.
According to a report on Tuesday, April 29, OCSO deputies responded to the school after receiving a call from administrators at about 11:23 a.m. in reference to a student in possession of drugs. Chief Deputy Clint Hodgkinson said a teacher discovered the student was in possession of marijuana after overhearing a conversation the youth was having with a fellow student. She reportedly heard the student say there was marijuana inside a backpack in the student’s locker. A search of the locker produced a small amount of marijuana inside a Ziploc bag, OCSO reports. The student was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center in Hardin County. Orange County does not have a juvenile holding center, Hodgkinson reports, so students in need of detention are sent to Hardin County, a potential punishment for all juvenile offenders.
Deputies responded to a second incident at about 10:42 a.m. on April 30 at LC-M High School. Hodgkinson said in that case, a coach reportedly observed a student smoking between buildings. When the coach approached the student, it was discovered the student was in possession of a marijuana pipe and smoking a “blunt,” or cigar rolled with marijuana, deputies report. OCSO detained the student in possession, but both of the students face legal, educational and potentially social consequences as a result of their illegal activities.
LCMCISD Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Stacy Brister said students in possession of illegal contraband, like marijuana or weapons, face stiff disciplinary measures dictated by the district’s Student Code of Conduct. Measures include, but are not limited to, contacting the students’ parents and law enforcement officials, transferring students to alternative campuses away from friends or expelling them altogether.
“If students are in possession of drugs or anything of that nature, we always call the sheriff’s department and they decide what to do as far as the determination of an arrest,” Brister said. “That part is their call. As far as student discipline goes, that goes back to code of conduct.”
She said the disciplinary action varies dependent upon the severity of the student’s infraction, and all students face certain repercussions.
“They are sent to our alternative school (LC-M Alternative Education Center, or AEC) for a certain number of days, which varies with each situation,” Brister continued. “For instance, are they in possession or in possession with the intent to distribute, two completely different issues in which the discipline would vary accordingly. It becomes more severe with more severe issues. There are many infractions that may result in students going to AEC, but drugs are definitely one of those considerations.”
She said in all cases of possession of illegal contraband, “at the very least” the parents and sheriff’s office are contacted “without a doubt.”
Chief Deputy Hodgkinson said school administrators are able to search lockers at any time as students are on school property and in the care of the district, so students trying to hide paraphernalia on campus are taking a big risk toward getting caught – or even arrested.