Two Instances of Drugs at High School Within a Week

Three students were arrested on April 25 for distribution and possession, and another student was arrested on May 1 for possession of marijuana.

Two incidents involving drugs at have recently been reported by the .

On May 1, police were called to the Manalapan Township High School Regional Learning Academy in reference to a 15-year-old sophomore who was in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in class, which were discovered by school officials, police said.

Ptl. Kenneth Mikulik arrested the juvenile and charged him with possession of a controlled dangerous substance; he was later released to his parents.

On April 25, Manalapan police arrested three high school students who were allegedly selling drugs on school property. Police arrived to the school at around 11:09 a.m. in response to a call about students on the property with drugs.

According to a police report, three 16-year-old males were arrested by Ptl. George Heitz and charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance on school property.

The juvenile boys were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and later released to their parents.

anonymous May 16, 2012 at 12:45 PM
After being the only high school in the district that received a prestigious award while Mr. Simon was there, the school has been going down in a slow spiral. 1st, the school was given a $43,000.00 fine by Manalapan construction officials (not sure if Simon could have prevented that); then the toxic fumes disaster (again, not sure if Simon could have prevented that BUT at least an orderly release plan would have been implemented--now this! Manalapan HS drug activity seems to be escalating lately. Lets not forget how much the District is spending in their devious attempts to oust Mr. Simon. Does anyone know how much it has cost so far???
John Tyler May 16, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Are we surprised at this ????? NOT
Martin Mabe May 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Drugs in a high school are no surprise, but the open sale of it in the parking points at least in some part to the quickly sinking lack of respect the kids have for the school and its leadership. Get Jeff Simon back and this school will get back on track.
Steve Stahovich May 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Parents need to step up and be more proactive with their kids. This problem isn't going away, so the best thing parents can do is talk to their kids regularly about drugs. In addition to the frequent discussions, home drug testing is an ally for families. Schools need to keep campuses clean, and parents need to keep their teens clean.
Randi Smaldone May 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Curious to know if the rise in drug distribution happened after Manalapan eliminated the DARE program? We no longer have a DARE officer at that school. I say we need it back!
Steve Stahovich May 16, 2012 at 02:31 PM
It could be possible, but nationwide you are seeing a shift away from the D.A.R.E. programs. There have been other presentations and methods that have gained popularity. Teen addicts in treatment have told us that they often get the message that drugs are bad in school. It breaks down when parents fail to reinforce it. Parents need an education course on the drugs more than the kids do. Many smell for marijuana and alcohol at the end of the night, but more kids are doing pills, and other substances that you can't sniff for.
marcia May 16, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I have watched the Manalapan system change over the last 3 decades, and all of my children attended and graduated from their schools. There was always drug and alcohol issues regardless of who was in charge. There are different drugs and ways to get "high" that parents need to be aware of that change with each generation....also, do not be surprised at the drug use of the parents of the H.S. students as well!
sgmbh May 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Parents fail to reinforce laws that disappear in their own homes when the parents themselves do the drugs as well! How hypocratic can they get? Their kids see what they do. How can they then tell the kids it's wrong?
Steve Stahovich May 16, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Yes, that's true. Kids follow what they see their parents do. That's especially true with drinking and drugs. However, I have helped treat numerous patients that had parents who were not users. Sadly, many parents are afraid to talk to their kids about drugs, or think that it's "understood" that drugs are bad. Trust me, that talk needs to be constant.
Jacob Ullman May 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
If you read the news, there was someone selling oxycone Pills at the recreation center which is down the street from the school and across the street from the police station.The township has gotten larger but over the last few years the governing board has not increased the amount of police officers. With the increase in crime in homes, schools, and now our schools and recreation centers which are a few blocks from the police station, this is unacceptable. Now, the township has decided to send the dispatchers to county and have the police officers do the paper work, man their front door, etc. What is wrong with this picture? I think I would have respect for the committee if they reversed that decision because the lack of police presence in the community is a disaster waiting to happen. They built a state of the art police/dispatch center, why are they not using it and inviting other communities to join with us in shared services. Township committee, start thinking, you have ratables in your building and property without having to add more problems to our roadways. Use it wisely because our community is slowly failing and you will be held accountable
mrs big May 22, 2012 at 01:07 AM
forget more police they should be trained differently. I believe each and every cop should do their 1st yr in either newark or jersey city, then they will know what it takes to be a real cop. These cops in monmouth county have not clue they are bullies with badges and need to learn how to patrol instead of chancing teens and mothers giving b.s. tickets cause they cant do anything else they don't know how and I know I am married to a real cop who worked in harlem and brooklyn north and made his arrests and did his own paperwork he got the entire job done.
Manalapan mom May 25, 2012 at 04:01 AM
i agree and they need to grow a little


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