FWCS Changes Handbook To Get Tough On K2 Drug Scare

By Jeff Neumeyer

August 9, 2010 Updated Aug 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Fort Wayne Community School students who get “high” smoking the legal drug "K2" be warned--you can get in the same amount of trouble this school year for using K2 as a variety of other illegal drugs.

The change to the Student-Parent Handbook for 2010-2011 lays out specific disciplinary actions for students caught bringing the stuff to school, or being under the influence.

Violators can be sent to an alternative education program or even be expelled.

At least one death in Marion County down in Indianapolis is being investigated for a possible connection to use of K2, a synthetic form of marijuana that is said to be ten times stronger than real pot.

FWCS officials have added language to “Rule 31” of their handbook dealing with narcotics or drugs.

Substances banned now include those that may be purchased legally and are used to produce an effect similar to a drug.

There is an educational message along with the tough talk of enforcement.

Krista Stockman/FWCS Public Information Officer: " Part of what we try to do here also is, prepare students for the real world, and in the real world, employers don't want their employees coming to work on substances, legal or not, that may effect their ability to concentrate, to operate machinery, all those kinds of things."

Both Southwest Allen and East Allen County schools say they have made no changes to disciplinary policy for the coming school year as it relates to use of K2.

We got no return calls seeking comment from Northwest Allen administrators.

Legislation to ban the active ingredient in K2 is currently being proposed by one Indiana State lawmaker and quite possibly others will get behind the same effort.




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