OLATHE — A student at Olathe High School is under investigation for allegedly bringing marijuana infused food to school Wednesday morning and sickening a couple of fellow students. The Olathe Police Department is handling the investigation.
According to the Montrose County Sheriff's department, at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, deputies were dispatched to the high school for a report of suspected drug activity on campus. According to Mindy Baumgardner, district spokesperson for Montrose and Olathe schools, there were was some marijuana edibles "distributed and consumed" at the school. Baumgardner said there was no other information she could release stating the investigation is ongoing but said students involved could face "serious consequences."
Phone calls to the Olathe Police Department were not returned.
A copy of a letter sent home to parents is available below:
Dear Parents/Guardians of Olathe Middle High School Student,
We had an incident yesterday, Jan. 22, 2014, involving a few of our students, that is currently under investigation with the Olathe Police Department. We have reason to believe that marijuana edibles were distributed and consumed on our school site. If the investigation confirms the allegations to be true, there will be serious consequences for the students involved. The District has a zero tolerance of using or distributing drugs at school.
We have turned the investigations over to proper law enforcement, while we focus on the safety of our students. With the legalization of marijuana by people over the age of 21 it may mean that marijuana and marijuana food products will be more readily available to our young people. It is important for all parents and students to fully understand the legal and health implications for marijuana use by those under 21.
It remains illegal for persons under 21 to possess, sell or use marijuana and any student who comes to school under the influence, or in violation of the law will be dealt with accordingly. It is also critically important to understand the health impact of marijuana use. Research shows that the human brain is not fully mature until roughly the age of 25 and early drug use impacts development. It is also clear that marijuana is more potent than ever before increasing the drug’s impact. In addition, according to the Colorado Department of Education, marijuana use is also inked to poor school performance and increased dropout rates.
We encourage you to talk to your students regarding the dangers of using drugs. The school will be taking the following actions:
• Holding an All School Assembly for Drug Awareness
• Reeducating Students on Safe2Tell- www.safe2tell.org or 1-877-542-7233
• Working directly with the District Health Nurse and School Health Techs on education as it relates to street drugs, symptoms and management of this issue.
The safety of your student is important to everyone here at Olathe Middle High School. We need to all work together in educating our young people on the dangers of drug use. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this incident, please feel free to contact me at 252-7950.
Scot Brown, Principal