Nine Bel Air High School students were suspended and an 18-year-old Baltimore man was arrested on charges of supplying them with LSD tablets, police said Monday.
Police did not identify the man but called him the students' source for the hallucinogenic drug. When arrested Friday night, police said he had 119 LSD tablets in his possession.
David Volrath, assistant principal at Bel Air High, had questioned two students Friday morning and had recovered a small amount of LSD. He then called the Bel Air Police Department.
Of the fifteen students interviewed, eight boys and a girl -- between 14 and 16 years old -- were suspended.
Seven of the nine suspended students had a total of 45 LSD tablets in their possession, according to police.
All nine were charged criminally as delinquents for being under dTC the influence or possessing, transporting or distributing LSD.
Police said a dose of LSD, roughly the size of one-quarter of a thin aspirin tablet, sells for $5 on the street.
The drug causes hallucinations or strong mind-altering effects such as distortion in perception and highly exaggerated feelings.
It has no approved medical use and may cause bizarre behavior.
"There has been a resurgence of LSD use in the area," Deputy Chief John W. Harkins of the Bel Air Police Department said yesterday.
Albert F. Seymour, spokesman for the Harford School Board, said past reports on drug-related incidents do not reflect what illegal substances were involved.
"This is the first time I can recall the use of LSD in our schools," he said yesterday.
In the 1991-1992 academic school year, 27 Harford high school students were suspended for drug-related incidents, Mr. Seymour said.
"Bel Air High had only one of those suspensions, so this [incident] is so out of character for them," Mr. Seymour said.
Students either caught with drugs or under influence of them draw an automatic five-day suspension, he said.
Within that time, they are granted a hearing before a panel appointed by the superintendent.
Mr. Seymour said in cases where students are found to be distributing a drug, expulsion is automatic.
In cases of possession or use, a student can draw a long-term suspension, usually anywhere from 20 days to the rest of the school year.
"Each case is evaluated as to its severity and circumstance," Mr. Seymour said.