Nearly 100 students caught with drugs in Manchester schools – but only six faced charges

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that almost 100 pupils have been found with illegal drugs in Greater Manchester’s schools over the last three years – but charges were only brought in six cases…

The vast majority of the pupils caught had cannabis, but some were discovered with class A drugs – including heroin and ecstasy.

Most of the incidents related to secondary schools, although police were called to two primary schools after pupils inadvertently brought suspicious or illegal substances in from home. Figures, obtained by the M.E.N. using Freedom of Information laws, show that Greater Manchester Police dealt with 99 drug crimes involving students at schools between January 2012 and September this year.

But only six of them were charged or issued with a summons. Three-quarters were given either a caution or were dealt with by ‘community resolutions’ – a ticking off by a police officer which means the offence is not dealt with by the justice system.

GMP Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “The policy of Greater Manchester Police is that young people should not be criminalised for possession of small amounts of drugs, but on the other hand, their behaviour should be confronted and cases are referred to the Youth Offending Service to ensure that young people understand the consequences.”…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This comes down to consequences for actions – unless there is a consequence what incentive is there for not “reoffending”?

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Many schools, in the current educational climate, worry about PR. Would reporting this kind of offence be good or bad PR?

  3. Janet2

    @andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Three-quarters were given a caution or dealt with by ‘community resolutions’.  The former is recorded and would be taken into consideration if the person re-offended.  It also has to be declared for certain jobs.  Cautions remain on a person’s record for ever.

    Community resolutions are speedier and agreed with the victim.  They avoid a formal criminal record but the crime is still recorded.

  4. HughdjNicklin

    SchoolsImprove Laws against hallucinogenic drugs wise, but not enforced because public schoolboys took them. Soon out of control.

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