From Emirates Today 12 March 2007 ...
Boy in trouble for selling ‘drugs’
VM SATHISH NEWS REPORTER
A student of an English medium school in Ajman was found to be in possession of a white crystalline substance, speculated to be a narcotic until tests proved otherwise, which he was selling to other students.
A source from Al Ameer English School, Ajman, said the sixth-standard student from Bangladesh would be expelled soon after the ongoing final examinations because he was selling the suspicious substance, which school authorities thought was a drug. The school confirmed that strong disciplinary action would be taken against the student to prevent other students from using the school “as a marketplace”.
SJ Jacob, Principal of Al Ameer English School, told Emirates Today: “We caught a group of students using a white substance. We did not know whether it was a drug. On checking the students’ bags and pockets, we got a packet of small white crystals from one student who, others said, was selling it in the school. Also, Dh9 was recovered from the student which he had collected by selling the substance.” Jacob confirmed a sixth grade student would be expelled from the school for taking and selling the white substance. “Officials of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) confirmed that the white substance was not a drug. It was in a small plastic bag that did not have any product details on it. I got a packet from the student and tasted it. The crystal-like white substance was a bit salty but students were enjoying it.
Initially, we thought it could be a drug,” he said.
“As per school rules, we informed the Ministry of Education officials about it.
The ministry forwarded the matter to the CID, Ajman Police, to find out whether the substance contained any narcotics. They confirmed it was not a drug, but a cheap unidentified product sold in local shops,” Jacob said.
The principal said the student concerned would be allowed to complete his final examinations, which will end soon. He will be expelled to set an example to other students against the unhealthy practice of selling such things in school to make money.
“There has been no problem of drug use in our school and even chewing gum and smoking are strictly banned. Our teachers keep an eye on students,” Jacob added.