Police: Students caught snorting cocaine in Staples High School bathroom
Updated 10:52 am, Thursday, February 16, 2017
WESTPORT — Two Staples High School students were allegedly caught using cocaine in the bathroom during school last week, leading to the arrest of both teens.
School administrators called police just after 1 p.m. Feb. 7 and told officers Cameron Cleary, 18, and a juvenile student were using cocaine in a school bathroom, according to police. Cleary allegedly admitted to selling cocaine to the other student before the two snorted some of the drug together.
Cleary, a resident of Apple Tree Trail in Westport, was charged with sale of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics and illegal possession of drugs in a school zone. He was released on a $1,000 bond ahead of a Feb. 16 court date.
The other student, a juvenile, was charged with possession of narcotics, illegal possession of drugs in a school zone and failure to keep narcotics in the original container, according to Lt. David Farrell. He declined to release further information on the arrest.
Westport school staff always contact police regarding any involvement with narcotics at schools, Farrell said, and drug possession calls usually result in an arrest, though each situation is different.
Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer declined to comment on specifics of how administrators became aware of the students’ alleged drug use, but she said schools work with local police in situations like the Feb. 7 call.
“We have a very strong partnership with the police,’ Palmer said, “and when it comes to instances of controlled substances, we work with them to address the situation.”