Stuff.co 27 July 2013
Thousands of children are being kicked out of school for possessing drugs, with one principal saying he regularly has supermarket bags in his office that are full of confiscated cannabis.
The number of exclusions and expulsions in primary and secondary schools increased nationally between 2008 and 2012.
Figures released under the Official Information Act show Auckland leads the way for school drug abuse, and Northland isn’t far behind.
At least one principal in Northland had a supermarket bag full of confiscated marijuana in his office at any given time, Principals Federation president Phil Harding said. “I’ve spoken with a primary-aged child who knew where dad’s stash was and dad didn’t know he knew.
“Schools are mopping up the behaviour of these kids that is being modelled by the parents.”