Police find pot at JDHS, make one arrest

Three Juneau-Douglas High School students were caught with marijuana in school Wednesday afternoon, and one of them was arrested, according to police.

Juneau Police Department Captain of Operations Ed Mercer confirmed Thursday the school notified police a little after 1 p.m. that three students — a 15-, 16- and 17-year-old — were believed to be in possession of marijuana. Officers confiscated the drugs, arrested the 15-year-old and released the other two students to their guardians.

The 15-year-old was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and taken to Johnson Youth Center. Similar charges are expected to be filed against the 16- and 17-year olds at a later date.

All of the students’ parents were contacted, Mercer said.

It was not clear the amount of drugs involved.

Mercer could not speculate about this particular instance as to why one teenager was arrested while the others released, but said that speaking generally, several factors weigh into that, including prior history.

Mercer also said it is an automatic felony charge to have any illegal narcotic of any amount on school grounds.

It is not immediately known if the students will also be punished administratively through the school.

Possession of drugs is prohibited by school board policy, according to the school’s website, and first violation for use or possession can result in suspension for up to 10 days. Third violations can result in suspension for 30 days and students can be expelled.

Those penalties advance for each subsequent violation. Discipline can also be more stringent if called for in another board policy or administrative regulation.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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