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Greencastle-Antrim expels two students

December 20, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School Board voted Wednesday to expel two male high school students after they came to school under the influence of drugs Nov. 21.

Two boys, one a 17-year-old junior and the other a 16-year-old sophomore, came to school after overdosing on the cold medicine Coricidin, which contains ephedra, according to Principal Ed Rife. The 17-year-old took 20 pills and the 16-year-old took 12 pills and smoked marijuana, Rife said.

The 17-year-old has been permanently expelled from the school district, which means he can never come back, Rife said.

"He had so many other past incidents," Rife said. "We've done everything we could for him."

The 16-year-old, whom Rife said had a couple of minor incidents in the past, is expelled from the school district until January of 2009, Rife said. He will have to undergo a psychological evaluation, Rife said.

"Upon getting the results from the evaluation, we will turn him over to an alternative facility," Rife said. That facility would be Manito, Rife said.

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The teens cut classes Nov. 21 and met with Michael Len Jenkins, who allegedly took them to the Greencastle Food Lion, where the boys were involved in stealing two boxes of Coricidin, according to police charging documents.

The boys went to Jenkins' home, where they took the pills and Jenkins, 20, smoked a marijuana cigarette with the 16-year-old, police said. After Jenkins returned the boys to school, a teacher noticed one of them was not doing well and took him to the school nurse, Rife said. The teacher then found out about the other boy and both were sent to Waynesboro Hospital for treatment.

Greencastle Police charged Jenkins, of 11070 Williamsport Pike, with four counts of corruption of minors Nov. 21. Jenkins waived his preliminary hearing Nov. 27 in Franklin County Court.

He is scheduled for mandatory arraignment Jan. 9.

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