2016-10-12 / Features

NYPD: Cops Took Appropriate Action In School Pot Incident

A student at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Long Island City walked into the school on October 5 with 15 nickel bags of marijuana and a scale in her backpack, allegedly planning to sell the weed to students, a police source said. A teacher at the highly acclaimed school caught a whiff of the weed as the girl walked into her classroom and alerted school administrators, who alerted police.

“The teacher told police that the girl reeked of pot when she passed by,” the source explained. “She said it was clear that the student was carrying marijuana, because the odor was so strong.”

Officers at the 114th Precinct recovered 15 individually wrapped bags of pot and the scale from the girl’s backpack.

“Kids do it all over the city,” the source said. “It was apparent that she was going to sell the marijuana to other students.”

The police issued the girl a Criminal Court summons and the school released her to her mother – leading to an uproar by people who say the cops failed to take appropriate action.

“The cops were warranted in issuing the Criminal Court summons,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “It was the appropriate method for documenting the incident.”

Under current law, police can’t arrest an individual for intent to sell unless they witness a transaction.

“The cops didn’t give the girl a pass or fail to take appropriate action,” a law enforcement source said.

The summons has to be answered in Criminal Court, and the girl could face serious consequences. Students at the prestigious school said they weren’t surprised when they learned the girl was busted with the weed.

“Kids come to school every day with weed,” a 17-year-old student said. “Everyone knows they can buy weed in a bathroom, and nobody is scared because no one gets punished anymore.”

School administrators and Department of Education officials did not respond to calls and emails asking if the unidentified student would face disciplinary charges.—Liz Goff

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