Generally speaking, Wisconsin parents do not want drugs in the schools their children attend. But parents also realize that children make mistakes. When these mistakes include drug possession, or possession with intent to sell, parents are understandably concerned about what will happen to their kids. Some Wisconsin parents may have these issues in mind after three students were allegedly caught with marijuana at a local high school.
The alleged drug bust came about after several search warrants were executed in the school district. In total, three schools were searched, but the three students who were charged all attend the same high school. According to police, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy were charged with possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of drug paraphernalia. An 18-year-old student was also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and maintaining a drug vehicle. He was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Reports did not disclose the amount of marijuana the students are accused of possessing.
Young people faced with such charges are likely very afraid of the consequences of conviction. Indeed, drug charges are always serious, but it is important to remember that not everyone accused of drug crimes is guilty. Each accused individual must be presumed innocent unless or until proven otherwise in court. When young people are up against drug charges, it is especially important that the rights of the accused are fully protected. A drug conviction can potentially affect one's future employment or ability to secure financial aid for college, so no one should suffer extreme penalties for what could be youthful indiscretion.
Source: channel3000.com, "3 Students Face Drug Charges After Search In Milton," Scott Beedy, Nov. 15, 2011