School play postponed due to arrest |

School play postponed due to arrest

Cory Fisher

A George Whittell High School student suspected of selling LSD appears to have disappointed his classmates in more ways than one.

According to Vice Principal Susan Grady, the 15-year-old – whose name was not released – was scheduled to play the lead role in a school play last weekend.

“The student was arrested on Friday, so we had to cancel the play Friday and Saturday,” said Grady. “The teacher and students put a lot of time and energy into the production – some students were in tears. Drugs don’t just impact the people using them.”

Students have been rehearsing and building sets for the past two months, said Grady, and relatives were known to have traveled from out of town exclusively for the performance.

On Friday, a 14-year-old girl showed up in the school nurse’s office with symptoms consistent with the use of LSD, said Grady. After being treated and released from Barton Memorial Hospital, the girl told sheriff’s investigators that she and two girlfriends bought the LSD from the 15-year-old male student.

School officials reported finding tabs of paper soaked in suspected LSD in the boy’s locker. So far, two students have been suspended and the boy may face expulsion pending board action.

The investigation is still open, said Grady, and as more information surfaces, other students could be implicated.

“But the general feeling among students is that it was not a smart move,” said Grady. “Every student here is very aware of the consequences. We’ve been discussing the whole issue openly in our classes.”

Another student has now been cast in the lead role.

The play, Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit,” is now scheduled for March 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. in the commons.

“A lot of people were impacted by some bad choices,” said Grady. “But the show will go on.”

Admission is $3 for students and $4 for adults when purchased in advance. Tickets at the door are $4 for students and $5 for adults. For details, call 588-2446.

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