Police cited three Waupaca High School students after conducting a canine search of vehicles in the school parking lot.
Dogs from Adams County, Portage County and the city of Marshfield assisted Waupaca police in searching vehicles in the student and staff/visitor parking lots Friday, March 15.
Police Chief Tim Goke said citations were issued for trace amounts and “no measurable amounts of controlled substances where located.”
The students included a sophomore, a junior and a senior.
“When the dogs indicated that three vehicles had marijuana in them, we brought the students out to the parking lot,” according to WHS Principal Rob Becker. “The dogs found the presence of very small amounts of marijuana.”
Becker said the students are currently suspended from school.
Dr. Dave Poeschl, the district administrator, will determine whether the students will be expelled, Becker said. Poeschl was out of town on Monday.
Becker noted that a similar canine search of vehicles was conducted last year at the high school.
Six students were cited for possession of small amounts of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and alcohol.
Five of the students cited in May 2012 were seniors.
They were allowed to graduate, but were prohibited from attending the commencement ceremony.
“They had some hoops to jump through and for most of the seniors, the process they had to go through took them well linto the summer,” Becker said. He said the students who have been cited may enter into voluntary withdrawal agreements. The agreements may limit their access to the school building and prohibit them from participating in student activities.
“We look at each case individually and try to determine what’s best for all the students and for that particular student,” Becker said. “More often than not, we work something out.”