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Park View Middle students connected to drug offenses

SoVaNow.com / April 24, 2013
Four students at Park View Middle School face disciplinary actions for an alleged illegal drug transaction involving marijuana in a boy’s restroom at the school. The incident occurred on April 17.

The students, who range in age from 13 to 16, will not face criminal charges. Instead, they will agree to a “Diversion,” a signed promise to remain on good behavior for a specific period of time. Failure to abide by the agreement could result in the imposition of criminal charges.

The decision to institute a “Diversion Agreement” was made by officials with the Mecklenburg Juvenile Court, in consultation with the Park View Middle School resource office, Mecklenburg County Deputy Derrick Lewis.

The school can impose its own separate sanctions on the boys for violating the school policy on drugs. Under the Mecklenburg County Student Code of Conduct, Section 5(b), the punishment could include the permanent expulsion of any student who “possesses, distributes, or receives any controlled substance, imitation controlled substance or marijuana at any time while on school property.”

The same policy grants the Superintendent or his designee certain latitude in dispensing a punishment if this is a first time offense. “In the case of a first violation, the Superintendent’s designee may determine, based on the facts of the particular case that special circumstances exist and that another disciplinary action is appropriate.”

Major Terry Edmonds, with the Sheriff’s office, confirmed that “tests of the evidence revealed the presence of marijuana” though he could not confirm the exact amount of the drug that was confiscated.

The parents of the four minors were contacted as part of the investigation, Edmonds said.

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