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Drugs prank gets up parent’s nose

PUBLISHED: 12:49 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 25 August 2010

PANIC: A drugs' scare had parents worried at the Catholic school.

PANIC: A drugs' scare had parents worried at the Catholic school.

A YEAR 9 student at an all-girls Catholic school caused panic among parents when she passed round cocaine to her peers which turned out to be sherbet.

A YEAR 9 student at an all-girls Catholic school caused panic among parents when she passed round 'cocaine' to her peers which turned out to be sherbet.

The pupil at St Catherine's Catholic School for Girls, in Watling Street, Bexleyheath, brought in the white powder and passed it round to pupils who then told other children they had tried Class A drugs.

Last Friday, an angry parent rang the school and told the head Patricia Sionecki "you call the police or I will".

But the police were not called in by the school after teachers discovered that the powder was in fact sherbet.

A mother of a child in Year 7, who did not want to be identified, told the Times: "I told them 'if you don't contact the police, I will'. They said they would sort it out.

"One of the girls was saying 'we have got away with it'. She wanted the kids to taste it. One of them said it tasted like paracetamol."

A spokesperson for the school said: "At St Catherine's we have exceptionally high expectations of our girls both academically and in terms of how they behave.

"The incident last week was simply a childish prank which has been blown out of all proportion and greatly misinterpreted.

"We have fully investigated the matter, and are confident that there were no drugs involved, only confectionary sherbet powder.

"Girls throughout the school are being reminded of the inappropriateness of this type of behaviour and the detrimental effect it can have on our school community.

"The parents of the girls involved have been spoken to and appropriate action taken in accordance with the school's behaviour management policy.

"We will also be issuing a note in this week's newsletter, which goes to every family in the school, explaining that this incident was a prank and has been fuelled by rumours and misinterpretation.

"The girls involved were in Year 9, and the discipline of them is a confidential matter between the school, girl and her parents."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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