Ky. students accused of selling pot on Facebook


by Gene Kang

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 8:53 PM

LARUE CO., Ky. (WHAS11) -- Four teenagers were arrested earlier this month during class hours at LaRue County Middle and High school. Police say they used social media to sell marijuana while off school grounds.

Four students, ages 13 to 17, were caught pushing pot through Facebook. They included one girl and three boys. Parents were appalled and want to protect their kids.

"I just think it's so sad," LaRue County school parent, Diane Haycraft said.

"They needed to be treated like an adult and they should have gotten in trouble at school too," another parent said.

Hodgenville's police chief made the arrests earlier this month. His department has confiscated many drug-related items over the years. He wanted to send a strong message.

"Zero tolerance it will not be tolerated," Hodgenville Police Chief, Steve Johnson said.

Chief Johnson says a teenager admitted to buying marijuana from a thirteen-year-old LaRue County Middle School student. Detectives had access to his Facebook username and password and say they caught at least 12 other students trying to buy dope online.

"We found numerous comments about joints for $5. One student asked if he had any Mary Green because it was around Christmas time," Johnson said.

Police also caught three students at LaRue County High School accused of selling drugs off of school property.

Their school principal has worked with law enforcement.

"We cooperated with the local authorities and even though there was widespread speculation they were accessing Facebook with school-issued lap tops, none of that was ever confirmed," LaRue County Schools Superintendent, Sam Sanders.

The four minors spent one night in the juvenile detention center. They are facing drug charges and will be in court within the week.

They most likely will not be expelled or suspended because, according to school policy, they were not accused of selling drugs on school property.

Police are looking for the adult who supplied the marijuana to the teenagers.