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4 Derry pupils charged after vodka gummy bears found

| Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, 8:12 a.m.

Four Derry Area High School students have been charged with sharing and eating vodka-soaked gummy bears in school, according to state police.

The students, who aren't being identified because they are juveniles, are being charged with purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of liquor, police said.

The students were caught with the spiked candy Thursday while they were hanging out in the cafeteria of the school, said Trooper Steve Limani, public information officer for Troop A.

School officials became aware of what was occurring after it was reported by other students, school officials said.

The students take classes at the both the high school and Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center, Derry Superintendent David Welling said.

Under district policy, the school principal has the authority to suspend students for up to 10 days, Welling said.

In general, the principal then can recommend to the superintendent that further action be taken, such as an expulsion hearing before the school board, he said.

“It depends on the seriousness of the offense,” he added.

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