Eighteen Wangetti students expelled for drugs
EIGHTEEN students from Djarragun College’s Wangetti campus were expelled earlier this month for possessing, using or dealing drugs.
According to The Australian newspaper, up to 40 students were expelled or suspended out of the school’s 76 indigenous students from the Wangetti campus.
The students were punished after a fight among female students with offences ranging from smoking cigarettes and use or suspected use of marijuana to “unruly behavior including back-chatting and swearing”.
Djarragun College principal Jean Illingworth said the students had received many warnings about their behaviour.
“Sixteen of the students were involved in one incident and two in another,” she said.
“The move to expel students for drugrelated incidents sent a strong message to the students, the school community and families.
“Our values, student and staff safety and security are top priority.”
According to Ms Illingworth, the lack of discipline had been a problem for years and little had been done to resolve the issue.
“Since the expulsions there has been a positive impact on Wangetti,” she said.
“Students are focused and becoming more ambitious about their learning, requesting to enroll in more academic subjects.
“Some have requested to enroll in OP subjects and may be transferred from the vocational Wangetti campus to Djarragun at Gordonvale.”
The expelled students were flown back to their communities.
Ms Illingworth explained the college “never says never” and regularly welcomes back students who commit to learning and staying drug-free.