dozen students face disciplinary action after police sweep through
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Last week students at South Ripley Jr. Sr.
High School got a surprise visit from Versailles Town Marshal Joe
Mann and other officers when they brought in the canine units to
search for drugs.
We found a very small amount of marijuana, noted Marshal
Mann, which belonged to two 18-year-olds.
What concerned the Versailles officer the most was the amount of
ammunition, knives and a gun, that was found in various student
vehicles in the parking area at the school. He said there were about
ten to 12 students in violation after the search was completed on
Wednesday, November 21.
According to high school Principal Bob Meyer, there were a dozen
students that some type of disciplinary action was taken against
after the officers swept through the school. He noted that the safety
of students was not at issue. He has talked with the students who
were in violation and their parents and noted the gun, ammunition
and knives were connected with the recently opened hunting season.
These are students who were careless, he told the Osgood
Journal Monday afternoon.
Handling the situation with a common sense approach, he noted that
while we live in a rural area, it is different times. Students are
not allowed to bring any type of weapon or ammunition on the school
property. He said two students were suspended for having remnants
of marijuana in their possession.
The school was on lock down for about an hour and a half as officers
searched the school and parking area.
Marshal Mann was assisted by canine units from the Rising Sun and
Lawrenceburg police departments, their officers, Rodney Rimstead
and Jacob Jump. Also assisting with the search were four troopers
from the Indiana State Police, Versailles Post: Robert Garcia, Jeremy
Franklin, Brent Miller and Chris Richey.