Three Benton High School students have been arrested for drug possession.
According to Bossier Schools Public Relations Liaison Sonja Bailes, a tip was recently brought to school officials at Benton High about students possessing illegal drugs.
She said school administration and School Resource Officers investigated and interviewed multiple students, resulting in the arrest of three juveniles for possession of ecstasy.
“Bossier Schools and the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office work together diligently to be proactive on our school campuses. Unfortunately, drug use continues to be a reality throughout the nation as well as in our own backyard, and a concern we vigilantly watch for,” Bailes said.
The case was then turned over to Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives for further investigation.
“We surely know that such drug use on America’s school campuses is a reality…and that includes schools right here in the Ark-La-Tex,” said Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office public information officer. “Bossier SROs, who serve the more than 23,000 students here in Bossier Parish, remain committed to the proper investigation of such criminal activity.”
Bossier Schools and the BPSO have teamed up to further the safety of students by unveiling Mia, a certified detector dog with the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office dedicated solely to Bossier Parish Schools. She was unveiled last week at Airline High School under their SRO Josh Cagle, but is available to patrol any and all parish schools as a drug and firearms dog.
Davis told the Press-Tribune that he spoke with Lt. Adam Johnson, director of security for Bossier Parish Schools, and Lt. Johnson emphasized the need for parents to have open and honest discussion with their children about the use or possession of illegal drugs and its associated dangers.
“The D.A.R.E. program is one of the proactive measures and programs that the Bossier Sheriff’s Office promotes, but in the case of illegal drugs where there appears to much peer pressure as the kids enter high school, parents need to be even more involved,” Davis said.
Bailes echoed this by saying, “We also encourage parents to have on-going discussions with their children about the dangers of drugs and need for them to report any suspicions they have about illegal activity on our school campuses.”
If parents or anyone else know of any illegal drug use or possession by students, please contact the Bossier Sheriff’s Office at (318) 965-2203 or directly to the Detective’s Office at (318) 965-3418.