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Report Cites High School Marijuana Possession

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A Pottsgrove High School student who was found to be carrying a “small amount of marijuana” on school property was cited for narcotics possession sometime during the 18 days of February (2017) that classes were in session there, according to a monthly report of the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department’s school resource officer (SRO). It was received Monday (March 6, 2017) by the township Board of Commissioners.

SRO and Ofc. David Slothower’s report to Police Chief Michael Foltz, later delivered to commissioners, said the possession offense represented the only arrest at the school within the month. The student was not identified by name, residence, grade, or age, and no other details were made available.

The resource officer also investigated two reports at the high school during the month for which no action was warranted, he indicated. One was a mutual aid call for a disturbance on a school bus in Pottstown; the other was the false activation of an alarm system.

Slothower, who also is the resource officer for Lower Pottsgrove and Ringing Rocks elementary schools, said no reportable incidents occurred in either school during the month.

Additionally during February, Slothower stated he:

  • Was a guest speaker over a two-day period in high school health classes, and discussed underage drinking, DUI laws, and drug offenses;
  • Worked with high school administrators on nine administrative mediations between students;
  • Joined staff members at Lower Pottsgrove Elementary to mediate several situations between students and parents;
  • Attended meetings of the Student Needs Assistance Program, which assists students with at-risk behaviors; and discipline meetings at the high school, to develop and support students with discipline issues; and
  • Worked with the maintenance department and a vendor to address high school security camera operations.

Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ March 6 meeting):

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