"A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “No drugs were found and no further action was taken. The matter has now been left in the hands of the school.” "
So, another waste of police time and taxpayer's money - school calls in police because of drugs, police search, find nothing - there is something wrong here.
Whilst of course most of us don't want schoolkids taking drugs, it is time that we realised that it is the unlawfulness of cannabis possession and cultivation that has made it highly profitable for an endless line of people itching to make money, completely outside of the law - and the minimum "age" for customers is more like a ten pound note.
Legalise and license commercial cultivation and supply to adults and let people grow their own at home without interference, that will take the supply out of the hands of street dealers and help keep it out of the hands of schoolchildren.
The present system is clearly not working.
The Argus, October 29 2012
Education bosses have vowed to take a “strong stance” after reports of pupils bringing drugs into school.
Police were called to Durrington High School in The Boulevard, Worthing, last week after reports of youngsters having cannabis with them.
While no drugs were found by officers a cannabis grinder, which is used to shred the bud of the plant so it can be smoked, was confiscated.
Sussex Police said the matter had been left with the school to deal with.
Head teacher Sue Marooney said: “Student wellbeing and safety is our priority.
“We always take a strong stance against anything which threatens this and when appropriate will involve the police.
“We would not wish to comment on individual students.”
According to the Government cannabis is the most widely-used illegal drug in Britain, although the number of people using it is believed to be falling.
It is a class B drug, which means it is illegal to possess, give away or sell.
The maximum penalty for possession is five years in jail while supplying someone can result in a fourteen year prison term and an unlimited fine.
More common actions include a police warning, a reprimand, a formal caution or a fixed penalty fine.
A spokesman for West Sussex County Council, which runs the school, said: “Safety and wellbeing of young people is at the centre of the county council approach to all matters.
“All schools have robust policies on drugs and the county council encourages its schools to have a well planned drug education programme, a drug policy developed in consultation with the whole school community, which outlines the school’s response to all drug matters.
“We also encourage strategies in place to identify and support young people for whom drugs may be a problem and staff who are confident and skilled in addressing drug issues.”
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “No drugs were found and no further action was taken.
The matter has now been left in the hands of the school.”
Earlier this year officers in Worthing and Adur carried out an education drive and leaflet drop in a bid to curb the rising use of class B mephedrone by young adults aged between 17 and 25.
Within a month seven people were arrested for possession of the drug with intent to supply.