Educators, police team up to teach class as marijuana repeatedly turns up at Roseburg High

Photo of the main offices at Roseburg High School, October 25, 2017. (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Three students were caught smoking marijuana behind the bleachers in the gym at Roseburg High School last week.

Police cited the 15-year-old boy and two 14-year-old girls and released them to their parents.

And this week, a 14-year-old student was found at school with a marijuana-laced cupcake. Police cited him with Unlawful Delivery of Marijuana and Minor In Possession of Marijuana

The school has dealt with marijuana on campus before: Last January, a student held a marijuana bake sale, selling 23 brownies to classmates.

And all across town, Roseburg Police have seen 37 reports since then of minors in possession of marijuana.

Now educators and police plan to work together to teach a class starting in January about the dangers of marijuana use by teens.

"We believe that you really can't punish anything out of the kid," said Jill Weber, principal at Roseburg High School. "So even suspending a child from school that are caught using marijuana doesn't often change their behavior."

That's the idea behind tackling the issue head-on with a class taught by police.

"Give them the information so they have it in the back of their minds," said Tyler Vancil, the school resource officer, "and they know the dangers behind marijuana and what it can do to you long term."

"We really truly believe it is about education," Weber said. "So we are educating kids more about marijuana, about how it affects them, the changes in marijuana today compared to what it used to be."

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