School ‘expels two 12-year-olds for taking ecstasy at parents evening’

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 June 2017 | UPDATED: 07:15 27 June 2017

Churchill Academy

Churchill Academy

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A North Somerset school has admitted it is ‘reviewing an incident’ after claims emerged two of its pupils, aged 12, were caught taking class-A drugs on school grounds.

The Mercury understands Churchill Academy has expelled the two year-seven girls after they were caught taking ecstasy at a parents evening earlier this month, where people spotted the pair behaving oddly.

The school admitted it is ‘reviewing an incident in line with school policies’, but declined to comment on the incident in further detail.

Speculation has been rife on social media, with parents discussing the incident after hearing it from their children.

One parent commented ‘the girls have been expelled according to my son who has been friends with one of the girls since he was tiny’, while another said: “It’s a scary world we live in nowadays.”

But Churchill Academy said it does ‘not and will not comment on the cases of individual students at the academy’.

A spokesman told the Mercury the school has a ‘zero-tolerance policy to drugs’ and staff are ‘completely committed’ to ensuring the school is a safe place.

The spokesman said: “Churchill Academy is currently reviewing an incident in line with our school policies

“The academy’s drugs policy states that we will educate young people about the consequences and risks of drug use and misuse.

“We work closely with parents and carers, and with other relevant organisations to enable students to make positive choices about drugs.

“We will enable students to identify sources of confidential advice and support where relevant.

“Any student who has brought an illegal substance to school or is caught in possession of an illegal substance in school or during a school-organised activity or at any other time when the authority of the school pertains, will be permanently excluded.”

A North Somerset Council spokesman said it would not comment on individual cases, and added: “When pupils are excluded from school they are referred to the council. Where possible we attempt to return the person to an alternative mainstream school as soon as possible so their education is not significantly affected.”

Avon and Somerset Constabulary declined to comment on the incident.


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