Friday, February 09, 2001

7 suspended in drug case at Little Miami

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Six Little Miami High School freshmen suspected of taking a prescription sleeping pill and another student who is charged with selling the drug were suspended indefinitely, a school official Thursday.

        Superintendent Ralph Shell said their cases will be reviewed after the school receives results of their blood tests, determining whether they will be readmitted or face further punishment.

        Township police also are awaiting the drug screen results before they can identify which students will be charged with misdemeanor possession of drugs, Chief Gene Duvelius said. Police could receive the results by court order early next week.

        Wednesday, the discovery that a 15-year-old boy had taken five doses of Ambien sent the high school into chaos, as administrators and teachers tried to track down students who may have taken or bought the drug.

        Six students were sent to Jewish Hospital by ambulance. A 15-year-old boy accused of selling 11 tablets of the drug to his classmates was arrested on a felony charge of drug trafficking.

        That student remained in Warren County Juvenile Detention Center on Thursday after a judge refused to release him to his parents.


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