Catholic college in student drug bust
Melbourne's exclusive Xavier College has expelled one student and suspended three others over their alleged sale and purchase of marijuana but critics say the school should have reported the matter to police.
The Herald-Sun reports that two of the suspended teenagers will return to school at the beginning of next term, on Monday.
The paper believes that the expelled teenager has already been enrolled at another school.
It also reports that staff at Xavier decided not to go to police over the incident, instead referring the students concerned for counselling.
Students at the school were told about the incident at year-level assemblies.
Xavier deputy head Dominic Calipari yesterday confirmed that a year 11 student had been expelled in late February.
But Mr Calipari denied there had been a cover-up.
Otherwise, he said, "we wouldn't have gone to each year level and made it public".
But Opposition education spokesman Philip Davis said any school authorities who were aware of drug-selling in the school were obliged to report it to police.
"Schools have a duty of care to children," Mr Davis said.
"And there should be no other policy than zero tolerance regarding drugs."
Police yesterday declined to comment until they had full details of the drug incident.
Mr Calipari said some students came forward in February concerned that a student was selling marijuana.
Mr Calipari said the school believed it had taken the best course of action.
"It was just important to get the parents in and talk about the future (of the student)," he said.
Xavier College drug bust (Herald-Sun, 11/4/07)
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11 Apr 2007