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June 19, 2014

Police: Whittier Votech student sold pot brownies at school

HAVERHILL — Police said they plan to summons a Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School student to juvenile court on the charge of selling marijuana brownies on school grounds. Four other Whittier students, also juveniles, were issued civil citations of $100 each for possession of marijuana brownies, police said.

Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said that on Monday, School Resource Officer Jodi Sullivan was called to the assistant principal's office to speak with the students involved. Thompson said the assistant principal pointed out the student who allegedly sold marijuana brownies for $5 each, along with four students who were in possession of marijuana brownies.

Sullivan was able to identify the marijuana from the pungent odor emanating from the brownies, Thompson said.

Whittier Superintendent Bill DeRosa was unavailable for comment. Whittier's last day of school was Wednesday.

According to Whittier's student handbook, the school has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to alcohol and drugs. Students who are in possession of controlled substances, including marijuana, are subject to a minimum five day suspension.

Thompson said the charge of distribution of marijuana is a criminal offense, while possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is a civil offense.

"The court system has a diversion program for cases such as these," Thompson said in reference to a program offered by the Essex District Attorney's Office that help's juvenile offenders avoid a criminal record by taking part in appropriate counseling, education and community service.

A spokesperson for the District Attorney's Office said that all cases are reviewed on a case-by-case basis in regards to acceptance into the diversion program.

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