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Garrard students expelled

October 08, 2003|PHIL PENDLETON

LANCASTER - Three high school students were expelled for the remainder of the school semester Tuesday for drug use on a school bus. All three will have the services of night school, said Ray Woolsey, superintendent of the Garrard County schools.

"They were snorting medicine that came from a medicine cabinet," Woolsey said.

According to Arch Lay, father of one of the expelled boys, the incident happened Sept. 18, but he was not notified of it until Sept. 25. He described the drugs as Loratabs, which are pain-killers.

Lay said his son was injured in an accident at home the Monday after the incident on the bus. He said it's possible the accident could have been attributed to the drug use and that he was unable to prevent it because no one from the school system told him his son had been snorting drugs.

"They're my children. I want to know immediately that it's going on," Lay said.

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Woolsey said five days did pass from the time of the incident on the bus to the time action was taken and parents were notified. Three of those days students were not in school. He said the bus driver did not witness the drug use and that school officials learned of the drug use from students witnessing the activity.

"It took awhile for the kids to tell," said Woolsey. He said no action could be taken against the students until an investigation revealed what exactly happened.

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