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Student brings pot-laced bars to school

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By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

HERTFORD — A Perquimans County High School student is facing criminal charges after she brought homemade cereal bars laced with marijuana to school on Monday, the sheriff says.

Sheriff Shelby White said the student and three others received medical treatment after eating the bars and complaining of nausea-like symptoms. He said none of the students became seriously ill, and at least one was back at school on Tuesday.

White said the 14-year-old student who brought the bars to school is charged with three counts of possession with intent to sell/​deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and three counts of sale or delivery of a scheduled VI controlled substance.

White said it’s possible the other three students, who range in age from 14 to 18, did not know they were ingesting marijuana when they ate the bars.

Perquimans schools Superintendent Matthew Cheeseman said a ninth-grader brought in the bar made with Captain Crunch cereal and cut it up into quarters.

“The bars were like a Captain Crunch bar dipped in some type of marijuana,” he said.

Cheeseman said two of the three students who ate some of the bar were taken to the hospital by ambulance and a parent drove the third there. The student charged with handing out the bars was checked out by emergency medical services personnel at the high school, he said.

“Once we realized a potential crime occurred, we contacted law enforcement,” Cheeseman said.

Cheeseman said he planned to meet with other school officials Tuesday to discuss potential punishment for the student charged with handing out the bars.

“There will be some discipline coming back down on her,” he said. “Like any other student, she will face a significant amount of accountability.”

Under the school district’s policy, the student could face punishment that includes expulsion and a 365-day suspension.

Cheeseman said he also will be meeting with Perquimans High School’s juniors and seniors on Wednesday and freshmen and sophomores on Thursday to discuss the seriousness of the incident.

“We’ll talk about the dangers of eating unpackaged foods and we will talk about accountability for anyone who believes that this would be a funny thing to do,” he said. “What it if it were heroin? We could have had four kids die.”

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