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4J: Middle school students reported smelling odor of marijuana on substitute teacher

The school administration investigated and determined that the issue was a marijuana plant odor that the employee was unaware of," a school district spokesperson said. (SBG/File)

EUGENE, Ore. - Middle school students reported that a substitute teacher smelled of marijuana Wednesday, prompting an investigation by school administrators and a letter to parents.

Students at Cal Young on Wednesday reported that a substitute teacher smelled of marijuana, according to the Eugene 4J School District director of communications.

"I have received phone calls and emails concerning a the smell of marijuana on a 4J staff member working at Cal Young," Principal Jericho Dunn wrote in a letter to parents. "This has been investigated and appropriate actions have been taken. I am unable to share more due to confidentiality. As always, thank you for sharing your concerns with me; your children are at the center of decision making at Cal Young."

Kerry Delf with Eugene 4J declined to elaborate on what "appropriate actions" means.

"The school administration investigated and determined that the issue was a marijuana plant odor that the employee was unaware of," Delf said. "While this involved an odor, not possession at school or any unlawful conduct, the odor is not appropriate in a school environment. The school took appropriate follow-up actions."

Delf noted that, like alcohol, marijuana is legal for adults to possess and use in Oregon.

She added that, also like alcohol, marijuana is prohibited on school property.

"4J schools provide a safe, healthy and drug, alcohol and tobacco-free environment for student learning," Delf said. "All district employees are expected to act as role models for students."

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