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High school students face charges following drug enforcement initiative

Wednesday, January 15, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

CITY POLICE

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Community partners work together in drug enforcement initiative

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, in conjunction with the Algoma District School Board (ADSB) and the Huron Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) joined together in an ongoing initiative to keep our schools safe and drug free.

During the week of January 6 to 10, 2014 officers from the High School Liaison Office and the Drug Enforcement Unit conducted an enforcement initiative at our local high schools.

The initiative is part of Project A.B.C.D. (Action for Building a Community that is Drug Free), which is a community partnership aimed at supporting an ongoing commitment to safe, drug free schools.

As a result of the action, five students were arrested for drug related offences.

A 15-year old female and a 16-year old male were charged with possession of a controlled drug or substance and will appear in court on February 11.

Three students were diverted under the Youth Criminal Justice Act to attend drug and alcohol counselling.

The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to thank the ADSB and the HSDCSB as well as our other community partners for their ongoing efforts in the action for building a drug free community.

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Prrrrrrr 1/15/2014 5:32:02 PM Report

How old were the other three or did they get off for some reason???
Prrrrrrr 1/15/2014 5:34:20 PM Report

Who decides if a person is charged or not??? If they all had drugs they all need to be charged....
HowAbooutSomeLogic 1/15/2014 7:48:17 PM Report

Our Infallible Forces reserve the right to at any time lay any charges they so desire....or not. It might seem entirely subjective to you, but if you made up part of The Infallible Forces surely you'd understand it's perfectly fair.

If that's what it takes to keep our schools safe (which busting those violent potheads/boozehounds obviously accomplishes) than so be it! I don't want my kids exposed to those kinds of dangerous and violent gateway drugs.

It's for the kids!
Unkle Kracker 1/15/2014 7:56:58 PM Report

Comprehension is a difficult skill to master........
Bad Dawg 1/15/2014 8:25:13 PM Report

violent potheads??? I would be more worried about what they are stealing from your medicine cabinet that a bag of pot...
F150Guy 1/15/2014 8:35:33 PM Report

Lol I have yet to see a pothead turn violent.
F150Guy 1/15/2014 8:36:36 PM Report

If you want your kids to stay away from drugs then talk to them about it, don't assume the schools do everything for you.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 1/15/2014 9:25:40 PM Report

I just find it maddening whenever 'the authorities' do something in the name of keeping the children safe when it's clearly doublespeak. The idea that removing marijuana from schools provides increased safety is entirely unsubstantiated. The worst that could happen is you get arrested which happened to these kids anyway!

I thought my sarcasm was evident with the 'violent pothead' oxymoron and yet it goes over so many heads. Ah well.
Sam C 1/15/2014 9:35:57 PM Report

HASLogic ... perhaps "potheads" aren't violent, but its the dealing of drugs that is the bigger problem.

Let's be honest, there will be kids that are buying pot who don't hold part-time jobs to earn the cash to buy their pot.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 1/15/2014 9:39:45 PM Report

And what's your point, exactly?

That they're using the lunch money you gave them to buy pot instead of buying lunch?

Or that it would be fine if they had a part time job?

What if selling pot is their part time job? lol
Tom_Bom 1/15/2014 10:09:06 PM Report

It's not fair they pick on these kids. They call jail college for a reason. You go into there an innocent smoker of the most harmless substance on the planet, and you end up networking with actual criminals, because there's nothing else to do in there. Then you come out of there worse than you did before because of your newfound connections, the violent nature of jail, and you become better at the craft you've been charge with. Charging kids for posessing a substance which is never harmful to anyone is wrong, getting them started in that system for something so small.
jojo12345 1/16/2014 1:44:03 AM Report

what a beautiful town we live in
control with drug..booze pedophile..and prostitution wow Sault ste marie..way to go
dadal 1/16/2014 5:29:52 AM Report

jojo all cities of any size suffer from the same problems. The difference is what the communithy considers more distatseful. I have yet to hear of ANY violent potheads ( yes I kinda saw the tongue reference to that ) nor has there ever been a death from pot. But the Soo tolerates and almost accepts drunk drivers. We scream and yell when someone dies but NOT ENOUGH is done to stop them. I'd rather the police stop chasing potheads and go after the ones that think drinking and driving is not only ok but socially acceptable in the Soo. And I agree I worry more about these kids accessing prescribed drugs that WILL mess them up more than pot ever will. Plus the possibility of more violent crimes to attain that type of drugs.
bulletcards 1/16/2014 7:42:27 AM Report

weather you agree with it or not it's still a law. until the laws are changed it is still illegal to have pot without a compassion card. it would be ridiculous if the public didn't have to follow laws if they didn't agree the law or found no value in it. get over yourselves. yes, jailing people for simple possession is a waste of money. that's why those youth were diverted. if you don't know what diverted means then you need to learn before you comment on Canadian law.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 1/16/2014 8:13:53 AM Report

bullet only 60% were diverted....and they were all arrested so none were spared.

"it would be ridiculous if the public didn't have to follow laws if they didn't agree the law or found no value in it. get over yourselves"

If you enact some bullsh!t law to govern me and I didn't vote for you to represent me why on Earth should I obey it if I disagree with it? Just because 'it's the law!'? One of the weakest arguments you'll ever hear in your lives, folks.

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws -MLK jr

Go ahead, though, Bullet and champion the police for doing their duty (being cowards) and protecting our children from the dangerous potheads.

bulletcards 1/16/2014 9:28:25 AM Report

Really HowBoutSomeLogic?????

You are quoting MLK and comparing racial equality to POT laws?!?!?!

Apples and Oranges my friend.

And yes I commend our law enforcement officers for enforcing laws.

While I don't have a complete commitment to one side or the other on weather pot laws need to be changed. I do believe that if they are changed that a legal age of consumption be placed (like alcohol and tobacco).

But for now it's the law.

HowAbooutSomeLogic 1/16/2014 9:41:31 AM Report

lol you think I'm taking his quote out of context?

Fine, we're in the 1850s America and your neighbour is complaining to you about how horribly unjust it is for you to use slave labourers to work your cotton fields and your only defense is "Well it's the law!"

You've never broken the law? Never bartered or paid cash to avoid sales tax? Never sped or ran a red light late at night when it was clear no one was around?

You are a coward, bullet. When your jew neighbours were being sent off to die in camps during WWII you just shook your head and said "Meh, it's the law!"
Silverstein 1/16/2014 12:03:10 PM Report

HowAbooutSomeLogice, please tell me you don't think it's appropriate for kids to have drugs at school. Even if weed were legal, like it is in Colorado for example, they still have age restraints on it as well as location (similar to alcohol). They would still be breaking the law.

And your red herring bout speeding, yeah people do speed but guess what, when they get caught they have to pay the penalty, same here.

Any chance to bash the police i guess, personally i believe drugs have no place in our schools but that's just my 2 cents.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 1/16/2014 12:23:36 PM Report

Anyone who uses "it's the law" as moral justification for an action deserves to be 'bashed' be they police or citizens.

Red herring, sure, but w speeding you pay a fine and go on your way while these kids will be stigmatized w a criminal record (for what certainly would seem to be a less dangerous offence) and the standard is hardly applied evenly.

Whether you put an age on it or not the kids will do it and it will be in the schools. Doesn't stop them from smoking, now does it? Drinking? Telling them "No, no, that's not for you; you're not old enough" only makes them want it more and more likely to abuse it when they come across it bc you've treated it as taboo rather than discussing it like adults and explaining why it's dangerous and should be avoided (or not). You might call it "parenting".
Tom_Bom 1/16/2014 7:12:51 PM Report

I think the scariest element in all this is what effect the criminal justice system is going to have on these otherwise innocent kids.

Lets look at the facts. Pot has never killed anyone in recorded history. On the other hand, Monster Energy Drinks have killed 4 people so far. And we let the kids drink those without a care, don't we?

I'm not saying that drugs belong in school, what I am saying is that potheads do not belong in jail.

At one point during WWI you were actually required to grow pot if you were a farmer of any sort to help craft parachutes, uniforms, etc.

This whole idea that Pot is a big menace to society when pot actually mellows you out is so much backwards thinking.

The worst crime i've ever seen a true pothead commit is stealing his roomates oreos. Now THATS a crime worth investigating. If someone took my oreo's i'd be upset. :P
reapo 1/17/2014 5:35:05 PM Report

Being under the influence whether it is alcohol or drugs, is still a dangerous combination. Some of you think pot smoking is no big deal and probably isn't when the person isn't getting behind the wheel of a car or other vehicle. It just seems to me that many take a don't care attitude when it comes to others and then when tragedy strikes they all become silent. Taking drugs is a big deal and young kids need to know how bad the consequences can be. Actually, many adults stil haven't learned either.
Tom_Bom 1/18/2014 11:22:41 AM Report

Do you know how you spot a stoner on the road? They're going bellow the speed limit and are being extra careful, driving at speeds that rival that of a little old lady.

None the less I agree that no one under the influence of any drug - including prescription pain killers which are legal - should be operating a vehicle.

Do I agree with the premise that Marijuana is a harmful plant? Well if you try to find the statistic, please tell me, where are all the bodies that this supposive menace is leaving in its wake? As i've said. More people have died drinking monster energy drinks in the past 5 YEARS than have EVER died from Cannabis use in recorded history. give your heads a shake people.

I remember a case of one girl who had just 2 monster energy drinks in one day and dropped dead of a heart attack. No warning, she just dropped. Meanwhile energy drinks are legal and often used by kids, but we don't really seem to care about that because the government deems it acceptable.
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