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Police: Pot Crackers Responsible for Amity Cafeteria Incident

An Amity High student lost consciousness last week after allegedly eating pot-laced crackers at lunch; Superintendent Brady says the school is well-equipped to respond to drugs.

School officials have given another look to Amity School District's drug prevention / treatment programs following a November 7 incident in which a student lost consciousness after allegedly eating a saltine cracker with a peanut butter and marijuana mixture baked into it during lunch. (See original story below.)

Superintendent John Brady says a presentation to the Board of Education Monday night suggested to him Amity was well-equipped and making progress.

"Nobody at Amity High School is denying there are students who struggle with substance abuse issues," Brady told Patch. "Nobody's denying there's students here who have those problems. But we have a very well-staffed, very experienced array of services that we use to instruct in a preventative way with students and then respond when we see students who have gotten into trouble."

Brady says the school district is prepared, and so far successful, in dealing with drugs at school. Monday night's presentation to the Board of Education suggested about "one to two percent of students," he said -- and added that administrators believe the school has actually seen a decrease in drugs at Amity High School.

"Two or three years ago, when students were searched, we'd find something -- a pipe, a lighter, a cigarette -- and the rate at which [searches] would turn up some material was much higher than it is now. Now, when we have suspicion and we search, we're not finding anything. We believe there's less material and less substances in the school."

Brady says schools introduce mandatory-curriculum programs that deal with the physiological and psychological dangers of drugs in 7th grade, and that higher-level classes addressing drugs tend to have "well-subscribed" enrollment. The school has a "deep, experienced and capable staff" in psychology and outreach counseling, as well as a counselor who works specifically on substance abuse issues.

Brady says experts tell him "they've never seen a high school as well staffed with support staff to deal with students who are experiencing difficulties with substance abuse or have so many preventive programs in place."

Some parents and other residents don't think the district has gone far enough -- and say the problem has gotten out of hand.

"It's getting worse and worse and you've lost control," writes Sue Ellen on Bethwood Patch.

On Orange Patch, kathy asks, "What will it take for people to wake up? Perhaps this could have been avoided...perhaps next time it will result in a death. Very sad."

"Starting to save for private high school now for my kids," says commenter Stacy from Greensprays.

And Brad Marcus asks, "Does a child have to die there before they take this situation seriously?" (See below for more comments.)

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According to just-released reports, police say a saltine cracker with a peanut butter and marijuana mixture baked into it was responsible for a November 7 incident in which a student lost consciousness at Amity High School.

At about 12:45 p.m -- between the second and third lunch waves for high schoolers -- a student in the cafeteria passed out, becoming "unconscious and unresponsive," police say. According to reports, the cause was the pot-laced cracker, which the student had allegedly bought from another student. 

Administration cleared the cafeteria and cancelled the third lunch shift, according to a dispatch from Amity High Principal Charles Britton. High school medical staff and first responders treated the student, who was taken to the hospital, according to reports.

Police the student who had sold the cracker turned out to have more than one marijuana-laced cracker, and both students were arrested. They are scheduled to appear at New Haven Juvenile Court on November 19.

More information to follow.

Students' names and identifying information are withheld due to their minor status.

Marie November 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Davis, I will contact Chips today and send you the date for a potential meeting. Engaging in discussion on whether or not there are drugs in Amity is a waste of time. Drugs are everywhere and we all know Amity is no exception. Again, as I have said in previous comments, lets get together and share thoughts and ideas about what WE can do to help and protect our children while they are in school.Who knows, maybe we can be part of a change. None of us likes to go to school conferences and see action news broadcasting about this incident. By the way, my children graduated from Amity in the 90's. Unfortunately I know too well the effects that drugs have on a family. We will see how many of us show up at Chips.Lets be part of a solution and not part of the problem. When one points a finger remember, 4 are pointing back at you.
Over 40 years of this November 15, 2012 at 03:55 PM
1.Kids are parent’s responsibility, 2. Follow Amity's rules and State laws, 3. Drugs are illegal, 4. Break the law get arrested, 5. Break the rules get expelled (ZERO tolerance), 6. See #1. This circle puts the responsibility where it should be. Let parents deal with the product of their own home.
peter tumi November 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM
It is being reported now that there wasn't Marijuana in the Peanut Butter.....The Peanut Butter used was recalled for Salmonella. Stomach virus anyone???
Amity kid November 15, 2012 at 10:28 PM
They are also saying that he is allergic to peanuts and did not know it...? Who knows
Concerned Parent November 18, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Vinnie Dee, bro, you don't get any kudos points for trying to sound intelligent through your use of esoteric words such as "diatribe" in your attempt to contend your points. It mostly just makes you sound like the argument you're presenting doesn't have enough validity, so therefore you attempt to sell your baseless points through the use of, frankly, quite trivial rhetoric. Fact of the matter is, drugs are going to be prevalent in any school system because it is an intrinsic quality of some youths to experiment with mind altering substances. Whether you're at "Coke" Rosemary Hall or Amity, there are nationally and internationally proven statistics representing the fact that kids use mind altering substances. Perhaps harm reduction and education through programs proven effective is a more feasible route if you think Amity has such a grave problem on their hands. What do you think, Vinnie Dee?

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