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August 4, 2017
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
A hearing will be held this Tuesday for the 17-year-old student who allegedly made drug deals on Facebook — involving Meth and Oxycodone — to students inside of Selinsgrove High School last May.
Police were called to the school after Principle Brian Parise called the police about another incident on May 5th. That incident remains unclear. However, an investigation afterwards revealed that the 17-year-old student used his FaceBook account to sell drugs to at least one other student at the school, according to police.
“An investigation began relating to drug sales at the school. During that investigation, a consent search was conducted resulting in a conversation found on facebook account between (17yo) and the defendant. (NAME WITHHELD BY OSN) and (17yo) exchanged messages between 04/26/17 and 05/05/17 messages from (NAME WITHHELD FROM OSN) to the (17yo) requesting a small amount of marijuana and three prescription pills,” read the criminal complaint.
The message requested, “small amount of marijuana and 3 prescription pills. Namely, 1 gram marijuana cigarette for $20 and 3 methylphenidate hydrochloride pills was was believed to be oxycodone for $10. Later in the conversation (NAME WITHHELD BY OSN) does admit to ingesting the pills.”
The OSN will not identify the accused because he is a minor and presumed innocent.
A day after an Orange Street News investigation revealed a shocking rise in heavy drugs like heroin inside of Selinsgrove High School, Superintendent Chad Cohrs acknowledged just how big of a drug problem is confronting the school in a letter to parents asking for the public’s help.
“The Selinsgrove Area has been experiencing a marked increase in drug activity which is impacting our students,” read the letter. “While drug and alcohol usage is not something new, the frequency and types of drugs we are seeing is cause for increased concern. The use of prescription medications such as Xanax, Vicodin, and Oxycodone are on the rise. Use of other street drugs, such as heroin, are also increasing.”
The hearing will be held on 8/08 at 11:00 at 1025 US RT 522.