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Sep 30, 2014 6:37 PM

Homecoming dance postponed at Oyster River High School in Durham after drug-related incident


DURHAM - The principal of Oyster River High School in Durham sent an email to parents on Tuesday, explaining why the Homecoming Dance scheduled for Friday was cancelled in the wake of a drug-related incident at the school.

In the email, shared with the media, Principal Todd K. Allen said five students "made some unfortunate choices relating to the use of drugs and alcohol" at Spirit Week Field Day on Friday.
"Specifically, there were students who were in possession of or had consumed alcohol and there were also students who were in possession of or had consumed ‘weed crackers.'"

Weed crackers are commercially produced in Colorado and look very much like any snack cracker sold in the supermarket but contain up to up to one gram of marijuana each.

The five students are facing disciplinary action at the school, and Durham police were alerted.
The school administration met with the Student Senate on Monday, and held a school-wide assembly to dispel rumors about the events of Friday and to stress a zero tolerance policy toward drug and alcohol use in the school.

The senior class is working with administration to find a new date for the Homecoming Dance.
"Clearly, we have work to do to make sure our students learn from Friday's events and to prevent these behaviors from coming into our school community again," wrote Allen.

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