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Six middle school students busted with pot in Barrington
By Chad Brooks | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 3/7/2008 8:21 PM | Updated: 3/7/2008 8:21 PM

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Six Barrington Middle School Station Campus students have been suspended and face criminal charges after they were caught with marijuana.

Barrington Area Unit District 220 spokesman Jeffrey Arnett said officials found the pot Thursday after several students tipped them off.

In a letter sent home to parents, Principal Craig Winkelman wrote: "Over the course of two days, we thoroughly and politely questioned a number of students about this possibility. From the information gathered, building administrators determined that, unfortunately, the tips we received were accurate."

Barrington Deputy Police Chief Jerry Libit said all six youths have been charged with possession of controlled substance and have been petitioned to juvenile court.

Arnett said school officials believe no other students were involved besides those charged. Those students' names were not released.

Authorities "are confident it was isolated to these six students," he said.

Superintendent Tom Leonard said it is disturbing when situations like this arise in the schools.

"Our number one goal is to make sure that whatever is out there in society, our schools are safe, so obviously this concerns us," Leonard said.

In the letter to parents, Winkelman commended the students who tipped off staff.

"The students who alerted us to the presence of marijuana did the right thing, and we appreciate that they took seriously their responsibility to communicate with our staff," Winkelman wrote.

Arnett said all six students were quickly punished. The six students have been suspended and some, he said, face expulsion.

Leonard said he hopes the punishment makes other students think long and hard before doing something similar.

"We want to make sure there are significant consequences," he said.