Calhoun Prosecuting Attorney Shannon Johnson said, "The reports of students smoking marijuana in the locker rooms (at Calhoun Middle-High School) and the number of students involved are highly exaggerated."

Numerous reports from unofficial sources indicated up to a dozen of students were involved in a drug incident at the school in early December.

"I can confirm that there was an incident at the Calhoun Middle-High School was investigated by the West Virginia State Police involving illegal substances," the prosecutor said.

Johnson said, "Only a very small number of students were involved and no one was caught smoking marijuana in the high school."

Johnson said she would like to commend the staff and administration at Calhoun Middle-High School for "investigating this matter and bringing it to the attention of the West Virginia State Police and myself."

"Disciplinary action will be taken against the students at school. This may very well also lead to the filing of juvenile delinquency petitions against the juveniles involved."

"I cannot further comment on that process as all juvenile proceedings are confidential and the matter is still under investigation," Johnson said.

"The matter has been taken very seriously. We will work as best we can to ensure a drug free environment for our students."

"Even though the school will do what it can to protect our young people from drugs, I would encourage all parents of Middle and High School students to speak with their children about the dangers of drug use and ways to stand up to peer pressure," Johnson concluded.

Calhoun schools declined to confirm or deny the story prior to publication by the Hur Herald.


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