Two students were arrested on Friday, one at Greenwood High School and one at Northside Middle School, after law enforcement officials were notified that they had marijuana in their possession.
According to reports from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, police were dispatched to Greenwood High School at about 8 a.m. Friday morning after a security video from a school bus showed a 16-year-old male student holding a bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. The student was brought into an administrator’s office and questioned about the incident. The student initially told police that he brought the marijuana to school, but got scared and dumped it by the vending machines. The student later recanted that statement and said he hid the marijuana above a ceiling tile in the boys’ bathroom.
According to the reports, police were unable to locate the marijuana in the bathroom. Surveillance video from the bathroom showed the student enter the bathroom with several other students and all of them emerge from the bathroom at the same time. While in the administrator’s office, police could smell a strong odor of marijuana. The student then retrieved four baggies containing a substance believed to be marijuana from his underwear. The total weight of the substance was about 13.5 grams.
According to the reports, the student was informed that he would be charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana within proximity of a school. While speaking with the student’s mother at the school, the student left the school and started walking toward Cokesbury Road. An officer grabbed the student’s arm and told him he would have to be escorted home. The student told the officer to “get the (expletive) off” of him. He was then handcuffed and transported home.
Later Friday afternoon, police were called to Northside Middle School where a 12-year-old girl was reported to have been in possession of marijuana. According to the reports, surveillance video showed the student entering the restroom at about 12:39 p.m. and exiting the restroom at about 12:41 p.m. The student admitted to placing a bag of marijuana above the ceiling tiles in the girls’ bathroom in the seventh grade hallway and told police that she gets it from her mother to distribute at school. The student told police that she meets her mother at an apartment on Taggart Avenue where she says her mother grows the marijuana. The student lives with her grandmother and was turned over to her at the school. The total weight of the marijuana was about 21.5 grams. The student was charged with simple possession of marijuana.
“As always, Greenwood School District 50 is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for all of our students and employees,” Johnathan Graves, Greenwood District 50’s community services coordinator, said in a statement. “Students identified in both of these situations will be disciplined in accordance with school board policy.”