Juvenile arrest, multiple suspensions at ESHS
Eureka Springs police were called to the high school early on the morning of Jan. 27 in reference to a student in possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
According to his report, arriving officer Brian Jones met with principal Kathy Lavender and a female juvenile student in her office.
The student was in possession of a grocery bag full of allegedly marijuana-laced brownies packaged in baggies.
The student had already delivered and been paid for some of the brownies, which Jones also retrieved. The baggies had names of would-be buyers written on them and a list of those names was compiled.
The student was subsequently placed under juvenile arrest, at which point Jones found a bag of suspected marijuana in her jacket pocket.
The student was Mirandized and interviewed by Det. Brad Handley at the police station with her mother present, and she confessed to selling marijuana-laced brownies at the high school.
According to Lavender, a "range of disciplinary action" has been taken against the students who were involved.
According to Police Chief Earl Hyatt, his understanding is that all those students are in ninth grade.
"No one has been expelled," Lavender said, "but there have been around 10 suspensions varying in length.
"According to our handbook, possessing or distributing a controlled substance is a 'minimum 10-day suspension, which may result in recommendation for expulsion.'"
When asked how she discovered the brownies, Lavender commented, "All I can say is it's a small town and people talk.
"Our goal is to continue to keep our school safe and drug-free. When you do the wrong thing it always catches up with you."
The female juvenile in question was released into the custody of Juvenile Authority in Berryville, charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver and Possession of a Controlled Substance. She will later appear for a hearing.
The brownies and bag of suspected marijuana have been sent to a lab in Little Rock for testing and verification.