Thousands of Kiwi students suspended for drug use

By December 29, 2017 Recent News

Stuff 27 December 2017
Family First Comment: “…principals say it’s mostly marijuana – and small amounts of it – that get students into trouble.
They’re unapologetic about the numbers of suspensions and say all schools should have a zero tolerance approach.”
Exactly. Bet they’re nervous about the agenda of the Greens to legalise recreational dope – and so they should be. We all should be.

Thousands of Kiwi kids have been suspended over the past five years for having drugs at school.

It’s mainly the drug that has many names; cannabis, dak, ganja, weed, pot, herb, green, kakariki, bud, chronic.

But there’s only one name for what happens when students get caught using it – suspension.

Data released under the Official Information Act reveals 3177 state school students were suspended for drug use between 2012 and 2016.

Students in the Auckland region had the highest number of suspensions – 755 over the past five years – but it’s also the region that has the largest number of schools.

At the other end of the scale, seven students on the West Coast were suspended for drug use.

And it’s not just high school students that are copping a suspension.

Primary school pupils – 287 of them over five years – have been suspended, too.

The figure for students suspended from private schools is unknown because they’re not covered under the act.