Hunt for drugs at north-east school

Noth­ing found de­spite ‘big prob­lem’

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOANNE WARNOCK

Po­lice have car­ried out a search at a se­condary school af­ter re­ports of pupils mis­us­ing drugs.

Of­fi­cers were sent to El­lon Academy but found no ev­i­dence of il­licit sub­stances. De­tails of the op­er­a­tion were re­vealed as par­ents used an on­line fo­rum to dis­cuss con­cerns – and said they had re­ported prob­lems.

Po­lice have car­ried out a search of an Aberdeen­shire se­condary school af­ter re­ports of chil­dren mis­us­ing drugs.

Of­fi­cers were sent to El­lon Academy but found no ev­i­dence of il­licit sub­stances.

It came as some par­ents dis­cussed what they de­scribed as “so many sto­ries” about drug mis­use at the new com­mu­nity cam­pus and a “big” prob­lem in the town as a whole.

A lo­cal au­thor­ity spokesman said: “Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil can con­firm po­lice of­fi­cers spoke to pupils at El­lon Academy on Wed­nes­day.

“The of­fi­cers con­ducted a search but found no ev­i­dence of drugs so no fur­ther ac­tion was taken.”

A po­lice spokes­woman con­firmed they were still con­duct­ing in­quiries into a “non-spe­cific” drugs prob­lem and added: “We gave a spe­cial assem­bly to the pupils this week to talk about all man­ner of is­sues.”

Richard Thom­son said: “Sadly, it’s a fact of life that all schools, no mat­ter where they are or how­ever pos­i­tive their ethos, have to be vig­i­lant at all times to the risks posed by drugs. I have con­fi­dence in the lead­er­ship that is in place at El­lon Academy to deal swiftly and ef­fec­tively with any is­sues that oc­cur in this re­gard.

“I would urge any­one who ei­ther sees or knows any­thing about drugs or an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour in the El­lon area to pass that in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice with­out de­lay.”

How­ever, coun­cil­lor Anouk Ka­hanov-Klop­pert has a child at the school and said she was “un­aware” of any such drug prob­lem.

“I’ve not heard about drugs be­ing of­fered be­fore. There are a tiny group of kids seen about smok­ing out­side of the bound­aries of the academy which I deeply re­gret but surely that’s where par­ents should be re­spon­si­ble for their chil­dren’s well­be­ing in the first place and where we all have a role to play openly dis­cussing this be­hav­iour, as I do.

“I am sat­is­fied the school does ev­ery­thing it can on the sub­ject and send my child with great con­fi­dence to school ev­ery day.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the sup­ply of con­trolled drugs is urged to con­tact Po­lice Scot­land on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to re­main anony­mous.

One con­cerned par­ent took to an on­line par­ents’ fo­rum this week to dis­cuss the prob­lem af­ter hear­ing “so many sto­ries” about drug use.

An­other said they had re­ported an in­ci­dent to the school in June.

“My son went for his tran­si­tion week and was of­fered drugs in the bit where they call the street up at the academy,” she said.

“We then went straight to the academy and spoke with the school and then got the CCTV from the street and found the child in­volved.

“It’s a sad re­al­ity of the times we live in and scary that our kids have to go into such an en­vi­ron­ment. There is a big drugs prob­lem in El­lon as a whole un­for­tu­nately.”

An­other agreed that there is a “big prob­lem” and said that her son had been supplied with drugs at the school whilst in first year.

“My son went for his tran­si­tion week and was of­fered drugs”

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