5 students at Glenelg High School arrested, accused of marijuana use

December 20, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Five students at Glenelg High School were arrested yesterday after an assistant principal caught them using marijuana in the school parking lot, according to Howard County police.

Four boys - three age 17 and one age 16 - and a 16-year-old girl were charged as juveniles with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, police said. The boys, from Marriottsville, Woodbine, Sykesville and Mount Airy, and the girl, from Cooksville, were released into their parents' custody.

The police officer who is usually posted at Glenelg was voluntarily away from the school while Howard County police investigate his arrest of another student. An officer from another school responded to the administrator's call along with Sgt. William Walsh, who oversees the school resource officer program.

The school will not discuss the students' punishments but is following its policy on drug use, said Patti Caplan, spokeswoman for the Howard County school system. The consequences can range from suspension to expulsion.

"These things do occur," Caplan said. "By acting as quickly as we do, ... it serves as a reminder to students this won't be tolerated."

There were 91 drug-related incidents in Howard County high schools and 13 in middle schools during the 2002-2003 school year, Caplan said.

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