Pubdate: Tue, 11 Sep 2007
Source: Haliburton County Echo, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2007sOSPREY Media Group Inc.
Author: Martha Perkins


High school students learned a very important message in their first 
week back to classes: drugs will not be tolerated at Hal High.

Five students at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School are facing 
marijuana possession charges after the OPP's canine unit arrived 
unexpectedly - for the students at least - at the school last week.

"The message is 'Don't do it and if you do do it, you'll be 
suspended,'" says Principal Gary Brohman. "This is a work environment 
and we want it to be a safe place. Teens have tough decisions to make 
and they have to make better decisions."

If the administration suspects that drugs are still being brought to 
school, the police will be asked for a return visit, Brohman says. 
"It could be in five days, it could be in one month."

He appreciates how the Haliburton Highlands OPP works with the 
administration to keep the school safe. Once a year Brohman meets 
with Staff Sgt. Jim Peterkin to talk about how the police can play a 
positive role at the school.
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