Sign out the front of the school. Photo by ODT.
Two pupils at Wanaka's Mount Aspiring College were
suspended from school last month for ''the supply of marijuana
during school time''.
Responding to Otago Daily Times inquiries yesterday,
school board of trustees chairman Richard Hemingway released
a statement saying the two pupils were suspended on April 15.
They appeared before a board disciplinary committee on April
''Both have been reinstated subject to stipulated conditions
agreed to by the parents,'' Mr Hemingway said.
Two other pupils were stood down because of their
involvement, but were back at school yesterday ''subject to
conditions agreed to by both parents''.
Speaking from Australia late yesterday, Mr Hemingway declined
to provide any more information about the incident or those
involved, citing the privacy and confidentiality requirements
of the disciplinary process.
''The college is moving forward in a positive fashion to make
things as right as they can be.''
During his four years on the board, Mr Hemingway said he
could recall only one previous issue with drugs at the
The college, he said, appreciated the support of Wanaka
police throughout the investigation.
Constable Phil Vink said yesterday the pupils involved would
be dealt with through the youth aid section.
It was ''a number of years'' since there had been issues with
drugs at Mount Aspiring College, he said.
There had been problems in Wanaka in more recent times with
''school-age'' people and ''legal highs'', but not at the
college, he said.
The college has a policy of ''zero tolerance'' for the use,
possession or selling of drugs.
Penalties ''focused on treatment rather than punishment'' and
reinstatement was based on ''verifiable abstinence''
supported by counselling or participation in an approved drug