By VAN HOLLAND
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Two athletes were among six SouthWest Edgecombe High School students arrested Friday for allegedly selling brownies that were laced with marijuana.
According to a press release from the Edgecombe County Sheriff's Office, a deputy working at the school was tipped off that several students were selling the brownies to other students throughout the school.
Upon further investigation, the deputy also found a football player to allegedly be in possession of alcohol on school grounds and charged him with two alcohol-related violations.
According to the sheriff's office, they charged 17-year-old Brandon Moore, 16-year-old William Noah Estes, 16-year-old Tykwon Pettaway, 17-year-old Maigon Joyner, 18-year-old Eason Harrington and a 15-year-old juvenile with drug charges. The juvenile's name wasn't released because of his age.
Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent John Farrelly said in an email Tuesday, that the recommendation of punishment for each of the students involved in the incident was long-term suspension and the two athletes involved would not be able to participate in athletics while they were suspended.
Officials charged Moore, of 59 Wiggins Lake Road, Rocky Mount, with manufacturing marijuana, Harrington, of 533 Leigh Road, Tarboro, who played football, with possession of wine/liquor/malt beverage while under the age of 21, possession/conceal wine/liquor/malt beverage on unauthorized premises and possession of drug paraphernalia, Estes, of 228 Webbs Lake Road, Rocky Mount, who played baseball last year, with possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substances and maintaining a vehicle/dwelling place to store controlled substances.
The deputy also charged Pettaway, of 215 Roberson Dr., Conetoe, and Joyner, of 612 Walnut Court, Spring Hope, with possession of drug paraphernalia.
The juvenile was charged on a juvenile petition with felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver schedule VI controlled substances.
The sheriff's office said each student was released into their parents' custody after being charged Friday.
According to the school system's website, the board policy states that drug and alcohol-related offenses are a level three violation and that any student who violates any of the policies are subject to long-term suspension, although a principal may impose a short-term suspension based on the circumstances of the offense.
"We are working through our administrative policies following board policy," Farrelly said in the email.
Farrelly said, this is the first incident at SouthWest this year involving alcohol or drugs, but it's the third in the school district.
"Edgecombe County Public Schools will not tolerate any drug related activity in our schools," Farrelly said. "Our principals and staff members are vigilant in ensuring that our schools are safe and drug free. If the students are in violation of the code of conduct, we will follow through with diligence, detail and consistency."
Farrelly was pleased with the way administration, staff and law enforcement worked collaboratively to investigate the incident and get it solved.
In a similar case in Cary, a student in Wake County Schools system was also charged Friday by law enforcement for bring brownies to school laced with marijuana to sell to students.