School Children Taking Class A Drugs to School

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Class A drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine were amongst the illegal substances seized in schools in more than 2,000 incidents across England and Wales in the last four years, police force data reveals.

Hundreds of school children, some as young as eight have been caught with drugs in their possession on school premises. The data, from 34 police forces dating back to 2011, was obtained by the Press Association under the Freedom of Information Act.

From 2001/12 to 2013/14 the highest number of offences was in Hampshire where 229 incidents involving drugs in schools took place. 144 incidents took place in Avon and Somerset and 138 in the West Midlands. South Wales police reported 92 incidents within this period. 241 incidents involved 15-16yr olds and 231 involved 11-14yr olds.

The types of drugs involved in each incident vary; 625 involved cannabis and 27 cases involved cocaine. Other drugs confiscated in schools by the police were LSD, amphetamines, MDMA and ecstasy. Two cases of heroin possession were reported in the West Midlands, Surrey and Greater Manchester and Hertfordshire.

Figures have shown a slight decrease on previous years with 657 reported in 2011/12 to 407 at the end of 2014. A total of 752 incidents involving drugs on school property were reported.

"Any incident of drugs on school premises is worrying, as it will often only be the tip of the iceberg of what young people are encountering on the streets. Teachers and school leaders are always alert to the potential for young people being involved in drug or alcohol abuse" Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union told The Guardian.

"Unfortunately, many of the programmes and specialist support on which schools could rely to assist them in supporting and educating young people in the perils of substance abuse have been cut under this coalition government." He said.

Source: The Guardian