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Police Reports

Batavia High School student found with pot, paraphernalia

Police chose to let school discipline apply to student

H. Rick Bamman -
Crystal Lake police crusier on Monday, March 30, 2015.
H. Rick Bamman - Crystal Lake police crusier on Monday, March 30, 2015.

BATAVIA – A 17-year-old Batavia High School girl was caught with marijuana and drug paraphernalia, but police chose not to charge her criminally, officials said.

Batavia Watch Commander of Investigations Eric Blowers said the girl had a “very small amount of cannabis and parphernalia.”

“We opted not to charge in this case,” Blowers said. “It was a school consequence matter.”

Police were called to the school, 1201 Main St., Batavia, at about 1:30 p.m. April 25, according to a daily synopsis of police activity.

But Batavia police denied a Freedom of Information Act request for the full police report, citing an allowed exemption for a juvenile.

According to the high school student handbook, possession of marijuana or any type of paraphernalia is prohibited.

“Incidents of drug and paraphernalia possession will be reported to the police and arrests will be made when applicable. A referral to the dean’s office will also be made,” according to the handbook.

A first offense will result in parent contact and a 10-day out-of-school suspension, but with the availability of intervention resources, the suspension time could be reduced, the handbook states.

Repeat offenses will result in parent and police contact, a 10-day out-of-school suspension and with a recommendation for expulsion, the handbook states.

A message left for Batavia District 101 spokeswoman Sue Gillerlain was not immediately returned.

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