Police seize Xavier college cannabis

Police has seized a small quantity of cannabis that Xavier College in Melbourne had earlier confiscated from a student but the Victorian Premier is backing the college's right not to report the matter to police.

The Age reports that Boroondara Police from inner Melbourne attended Xavier College where they took possession of a small quantity of cannabis after yesterday's reports of a student dealing drugs on the premises.

According to yesterday's reports a former student was expelled after allegedly selling marijuana in the school grounds in February. Three students who bought the drug were reportedly suspended from the school.

The school reportedly told students of the incident but did not inform police.

"Victoria Police see trafficking of a drug as a serious offence and feel that their (Xavier's) involvement is required," Senior Sergeant Ebinger of the Victoria Police Drug and Alcohol Unit told reporters.

"There are issues in relation to the seizure and destruction of the drug and technically the school has no legislative authority to take possession or dispose of the drug."

The cannabis will be destroyed in accordance with police procedure, the Age says.

Premier Steve Bracks told reporters that he shares parents' concerns about private schools failing to tell police of drug dealing on school grounds, but the policy is not a government matter.

"Private schools are independent and private, they operate independently like every other private company does in the country, so they have to make decisions themselves on what they report," Mr Bracks said.

State schools are obliged to inform police of any suspected crime, Mr Bracks said.

Meanwhile, quoting the Herald-Sun, Ninemsn reports that the mother of one boy said that "the whole thing is incredibly unfair".

"To victimise a child like this is incredibly unfair," his mother said.

College surrenders cannabis stash (The Age, 12/4/07)
Xavier College drug dealer 'a victim' (Ninemsn, 11/4/07)

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Xavier College
Cannabis (Wikipedia)
Victoria Police

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Pope urges political action against drugs (CathNews, 5/12/05)
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Teacher charged with sale of drugs in schoolgrounds (CathNews, 25/6/02)

12 Apr 2007