SIX students at Whitefriars College have been suspended or lost their position at the exclusive Catholic school for allegedly drug trafficking and smoking marijuana.
The teen students were identified last week, as the school term concluded, accused of being involved in a cannabis sharing and trafficking arrangement.
All cases have been referred to police and Whitefriars management are investigating whether the drug activities had spread among the wider school population.
“It came to our attention in the last week of term that there were a number of students who were sharing small amounts of marijuana among themselves,” principal Father Paul Cahill said.
“They were sharing them but not smoking them at school . . . there was a small financial exchange with a couple of them, basically to recoup costs plus a small profit . . . that’s why the police have been informed.
“We have determined there were six students, they have been suspended and have been informed it is an expellable offence.”
Father Cahill said the students were invited to come back to school during holidays this week to plead their case but four decided they would instead join another school.
“Some of them have chosen to do that and are being assisted to transfer to other schools to make a fresh start.”
He said all the students involved would be counselled and told to “mend their ways” but it was not part of school policy to subject any student to ongoing drug urine or blood tests.
Travelling interstate yesterday and without the age of each student in front of him, Father Cahill conceded that some of the students involved may have been teenagers.
“It is quite young, it is disturbing,” he said.
He said the original source of the drugs was outside the school and he believed the students involved, although at fault, were victims themselves.
“Our investigations are still continuing. We do want to make sure anyone who has been involved in any way is counselled appropriately.”
Doncaster police Det Sen-Sgt Neil Beeson warned that even small quantities of drugs could attract strong penalties.
“Trafficking is trafficking. There are degrees in anything, but it’s an indictable offence and carries stiff penalties,” Sen-Sgt Beeson said.
“Kids need to realise what effect it will have on their lives at a later point in time, including travel restrictions and employment.”
By Mark Dunn