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Updated: Police Investigate Drugs at Stevenson

Lincolnshire police are reportedly investigating a number of Stevenson High School students.

Update: 10:55 a.m. Feb. 1

spokesman Jim Conrey confirmed this morning that the school is participating with Lincolnshire police in a drug trafficking investigation.

"The investigation began in earnest in December," he said. He confirmed that students' text and email messages have "played a big part" in the investigation.

"We believe there is plenty of credible evidence here to take a look at cell phones," he said.

Conrey said the investigation includes "certainly marijuana," as well as other drugs.

He would not comment on how many students are involved in the investigation, but said that estimates given by some students were exaggerated.

"If more than one person was involved, it's too many," he said. "We're not going to tolerate anyone using or distributing drugs on our campus."

Conrey said that no students have been expelled, nor have any expulsion hearings been held. He would not elaborate on other punishments students have received.

"The severity of the consequence meets the deed, so to speak," he said.

"We're working with those families whose students need help," he said, adding that counseling is available from Stevenson as well as outside agencies.

In the past, a drug-sniffing dog has made periodic visits to Stevenson, both during and after school hours. Conrey said he was unsure when the dog last visited the campus or whether it was effective in finding offenders.

Conrey said that the school has not issued a notice to parents about the investigation.

"There was pretty considerable buzz in the community about this even before yesterday," he said.

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9:44 p.m. Jan. 31

Lincolnshire police are investigating up to 200 Stevenson High School students after authorities found text messages or email regarding drug dealings, CLTV reported Tuesday night.

Some students have been suspended or expelled, according to CLTV, but no charges have been filed.

A Stevenson spokesman told the station that he could not confirm details, but that the school takes such issues seriously.

The news prompted one person to post a YouTube video (see attached) about drug use.

Twitter is also lighting up with comments from Stevenson students using the hashtag #SHSDrugbust2012 to address the issue.

"#shsdrugbust2012 is actually a trend?! Ashamed to be a patriot!!!!!!!!!!" Tweeted one student.

"Good thing that they didn't take any of our phones who graduated in 2010 bc we would all go down," wrote another.

Stevenson hosted a during which local experts addressed drug and alcohol use by teens and urged parents to keep an eye on their children.

Sylvia Lima February 01, 2012 at 04:17 AM
The kids are speaking out. http://youtu.be/LOh_XoFyxzE and they're tweeting #SHSDrugbust2012 right now.
Cristel Mohrman (Editor) February 01, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Thank you, Sylvia!
Sylvia Lima February 01, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Although terribly heartbreaking, now is a perfect time for parents and community to mend fences and come together to help our students, staff and administrators.
jeff February 01, 2012 at 04:49 PM
How about these parents taking some accountability? Drug test all of these kids. It's not the school's job to make sure the kids are drug free. It's the administrators job to make sure drugs are not present on campus, and that drugs are not being used on school grounds. Parents need to get a hold of their kids and drug test them and straighten them out.
Erica Williams February 01, 2012 at 08:19 PM
My oh My. Lisa Stone was right.
StandToReason February 01, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Erica! I've missed you! I hope you are well and yes, Lisa was right - thank goodness she raised awareness of the problem!
Janet Sirabian February 02, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Erica, the entire community was aware of drug issues looooooooong before stone surfaced.
C-Dub February 02, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Janet, You are correct WAY before Lisa's arrival. Stevenson was the place to get drugs when I went to BG in the early 90's!
Laura Rosenberg MA, LCPC February 03, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Pot is the least of their issues. Heroin has been the dirty little secret for many years!!! And you are right...school can only do so much. Time for parents to stop trying to be their children's friends and be the adult!!

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