Boy ex­cluded for sup­ply­ing le­gal highs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Pupils Warned Of Dangers - By Tim Collins

tcollins@thek­m­group.co.uk A pupil al­leged to have sup­plied le­gal highs which left three teenagers need­ing hos­pi­tal treat­ment was ex­cluded af­ter of­fer­ing them to fel­low pupils.

In last week’s Ken­tish Ex­press, we re­ported how con­cerned par­ents had con­tacted the pa­per af­ter re­ports that three school­girls, all aged un­der 16, needed hos­pi­tal treat­ment af­ter tak­ing the sub­stances.

A 17-year-old pupil at the Tow­ers School in Ken­ning­ton, Ash­ford, is said to have sup­plied the chem­i­cals af­ter buy­ing them at the new UK Skunkworks shop in Bank Street.

The Faver­sham Road academy has not com­mented on the claims, but a source at the school who did not want to be named has con­firmed that the young­ster was ex­cluded over le­gal highs.

The ac­tion fol­lowed an in­ci­dent that took place on De­cem­ber 19 at around 2pm.

The pupil in ques­tion is said to have boasted to two fel­low pupils, one male and one fe­male, that he was in pos­ses­sion of le­gal highs, sug­gest­ing that the group should leave school to take them.

The in­ci­dent was re­ported to mem­bers of staff, who our source says were al­ready aware of the pupil’s al­leged in­volve­ment in le­gal highs, in­clud­ing sup­ply­ing the three young girls.

Ash­ford town cen­tre chief Cllr Gra­ham Galpin has con­firmed that Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil is now in­volved in a multi-agency group that is look­ing into the is­sue of re­search chem­i­cals.

And po­lice are li­ais­ing with schools in the bor­ough over their po­ten­tial dan­gers, fol­low­ing a num­ber of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing le­gal highs.

A spokesman for the force said: “Kent Po­lice is aware of a num­ber of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing New Psy­choac­tive Sub­stances (NPSs) in the Ash­ford area, which is why we’re work­ing with schools to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers.

“Po­lice drugs li­ai­son of­fi­cer Jeff Tread­well met with a lo­cal coun- cil­lor and mem­ber of the Com­mu­nity Safety Part­ner­ship (CSP) last week.

“As a re­sult of the meet­ing, the CSP will be con­tact­ing schools to co-or­di­nate the spread of in­for­ma­tion about th­ese sub­stances as soon as pos­si­ble.

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“The im­por­tant mes­sage is that just be­cause you can buy some­thing legally, does not mean that it is safe for hu­man con­sump­tion.

“By work­ing with schools to raise aware­ness we are try­ing to pre­vent harm caused by ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and cu­rios­ity that could lead to long-term, lifechang­ing ef­fects.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of NPSs have never been re­searched in the nor­mal way a chem­i­cal sub­stance for hu­man con­sump­tion has to be. You take great risks if you in­gest any­thing that has not been tested or that is not for hu­man con­sump­tion.”

UK Skunkworks has re­fused to com­ment on its in­volve­ment with the episode.

Tow­ers School on Faver­sham Road

The Skunkworks store in Bank Street, Ash­ford

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