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More than 80 youngsters in Aberdeenshire suspended or expelled after being caught with drugs in school

Monday November 11th 2019 at 9:58 AM

More than 80 pupils in Aberdeenshire have been suspended or expelled after being caught with drugs in school since 2014.

Figures obtained under freedom of information revealed the most commonly found drug was cannabis, with one case of a pupil being caught with ecstasy and an unconfirmed case of MDMA.

Drug seizures were most common in Meldrum Academy where there were ten seizures, while there were seven at Kemnay Academy, five at Alford Academy and three at both Peterhead and Aboyne Academy.

Rural communities in Aberdeenshire have been a recent targets for gangs looking to use school children to move class from major cities to smaller locations. 

Police Scotland revealed there are more than 20 known routes north of the border, a practice referred to as “county lines”.

A spokesperson for the local authority said: “Any incidence of drug possession or use within our schools is always taken very seriously.

“Our policy on how any pupil in possession of drugs should be dealt with is tough and this is reflected in our still relatively low exclusion rate.

“We actively encourage the reporting of drug-related incidences by our pupils and teachers in both our primary and secondary schools.

“We remain committed to educating young people about the dangers of drug misuse and work alongside Police Scotland to explain the effects of drug misuse as part of the national curriculum.”

Anyone with information about the supply of controlled drugs is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.

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