Zero Tolerance

The Jamestown Police Department continued its investigation with Jamestown Public Schools officials Thursday following an incident involving marijuana on the Washington Middle School campus.

As reported in Thursday’s edition of The Post-Journal, Jamestown police were dispatched to the school Wednesday after marijuana was found.

Officers, along with a member of the department’s K-9 unit, reportedly occupied the school during a lockdown for two hours and departed shortly before dismissal.

“Washington Middle School’s administration was alerted that marijuana may have been present in the school,” JPS Superintendent Tim O. Mains said in a statement released Thursday. “Swift and decisive action was taken by Principal (Melissa) Emerson, who called the Jamestown Police Department to assist with her investigation. With the able assistance of the JPD, a number of students were identified as either possessing or having knowledge of the drugs at Washington.”

Mains said the district is dealing with all of the students involved in the situation according to district disciplinary guidelines. Their identities will be kept confidential. The details of the events are still under investigation by both the district and the JPD.

Jamestown Police said they would defer to JPS on the release of further details about the incident.

“As the superintendent, I take this situation seriously, and I ask for your help in addressing the important issue of drugs in the schools,” Mains said. “We must all be vigilant and willing to communicate whenever there is the potential for danger in our schools. If any parent, student or community member has knowledge of drugs in any Jamestown school, please contact the school principal and/or the Superintendent’s Office immediately. Our district has a zero tolerance policy for drugs in our schools and will take swift and appropriate action against anyone violating that policy.”

Washington Middle School hosts grades 5-8, and has a student body of 540. The school is located at 159 Buffalo St.