The Courier-Mail

Principal gives drug-taking students lesson in responsibi­lity

- SAM PHILLIPS

A PRIVATE school principal will rigorously drug test three senior students caught smoking marijuana in a bathroom, rather than expelling them.

The students were suspended from Kooralbyn Internatio­nal School, and another put on probation, after they were found by a teacher on campus.

Principal Geoff Mills has taken a different approach to what he said would be the “easy way out” in expelling them.

The school, which has produced sporting legends, in- cluding Adam Scott, Jason Day and Cathy Freeman, has independen­tly bought about 50 urine and saliva tests, which it intends to use throughout the rest of the year.

The boys must prove they are clean before they are allowed to resume normal classes and must continue to be tested throughout their final term.

“Given the situation that they’re Grade 12 students, and the fact they’ve come forward and admitted they have a problem with it, we decided to go down this path,” Mr Mills explained.

Parents and staff at the school are split on whether Mr Mills’ approach to disciplini­ng the boys is a harsh enough penalty.

“I honestly don’t know if I have made the right decision but I know the easiest thing to do would be to expel them, not try and help them as we are doing,” he said.

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