WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Officials at Waynesboro High School say they are working to prevent criminal offenses from happening after several students were charged with drug possession and sharing sexually explicit photographs on school property.
Waynesboro Chief of Police James Sourbier says within the past month there has been an incident of drug possession involving several students and two separate incidents of students sharing sexually explicit photographs in school.
Police did arrest and charge the students involved in all of these cases.
The most recent case of illegal drug possession at the high school was discovered when a 14-year-old female student was caught selling marijuana to her classmates, police say. She and three other students were charged for possession.
"The criminal charge for the drug violation for possession with intent arose from an individual selling a small quantity," said Sourbier.
The high school's principal says it was an isolated incident.
"It was a large finding because it was four or five different students that were involved in this one incident,” said Steve Pappas, Principal of Waynesboro Area Senior High School. “However, it was the only one we've dealt with this school year."
But police say it wasn't the first time they've made arrests for drug possession at the school this calendar year.
"We have received seven calls regarding the possession of drugs at the Waynesboro Senior High school," said Sourbier.
In 2012, police say they received three drug-related calls from the high school. This year, they responded to seven drug-related incidents.
Police also say within the past month, they have handled two incidents of students sharing sexually explicit photos at school:
"An individual transmitted sexually explicit photographs to another individual who then showed them publicly to another group of individuals," said Sourbier.
In the other case, one student was charged for sharing sexually explicit photos of himself to classmates.
The principal says the school may have a higher number of student arrests this year but that might be because more people are reporting these crimes.
"We will find out about something then we're going to try and take action to try and prevent that," said Pappas.
Pappas says the school is doing everything they can to make sure students do not commit crimes, especially at school. But he says drugs and inappropriate photos can be found in any high school, and it is just a matter of how they can get people to report crimes so they can be prevented.
He says the school has been focusing on educating staff and students about reporting crimes and has introduced several new drug awareness programs this year.