Two high school students cited for marijuana possession
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Two South Tahoe High School students were cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Monday following a K-9 search around student vehicles, said Lt. David Stevenson in a Wednesday statement.
The students, whose names were not released, were suspended from school and also lost driving privileges on campus, Stevenson said.
Locker rooms at South Tahoe Middle School were also searched by a K-9 unit Monday.
The searches are part of a proactive approach to deter the use of drugs at the middle school and high school, especially during the high school’s open lunch activities, Stevenson said.
In March the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education approved random narcotic searches at both the South Tahoe High School and South Tahoe Middle School campuses due to an increase of marijuana use and other drugs at the schools.
“The dogs may sniff the air around lockers, or vehicles on district property or at district-sponsored events. Dogs shall not sniff within the close proximity of students or other persons and may not sniff any personal items on those persons without their consent,” according to the board’s policy. Gym locker rooms and the perimeter of the campus may also be included during random searches, Stevenson said.
“We are doing our due diligence to ensure that campuses are safe and secure, and we appreciate this partnership with SLTPD,” said Superintendent Jim Tarwater in Wednesday’s statement.