Student Arrested at McMillen High for Possession of LSD
On April 23, a 10th grade student at McMillen High School was arrested for drug possession that resulted in a misdemeanor crime. The student is male. Murphy Police Officer Kris Riebschlager, who has been the Student Resource Officer (SRO) at McMillen High School seven years, said this was the first time he had dealt with this student for drug issues. The student had 25 dosage units of LSD inside his wallet. Murphy PD Chief Cotten informed there was intent to sell. Officer Riebschlager said the drugs were discovered when another student came to him with an anonymous tip. The student would not say where they purchased the LSD.
Officer Riebschlager was required to take drug abuse courses as a portion of his training as an SRO. He has done extensive research on illegal narcotics and their effects. Regarding the top five drugs used by students today, he said, “Marijuana is the number one abused drug followed closely by over the counter (OTC) and prescription drug abuse. Methamphetamine abuse is sporadic in juveniles. Heroin and cocaine have started to take a back seat with ecstasy and LSD pulling up the rear.” He explains the effects of these drugs, “All of the (listed) drugs have effects from euphoric effects to relaxation or full body numbness. Some of them will enhance your body’s five senses, but at the same time all of them can shut down your heart and other non-voluntary functions such as breathing. Abuse of prescription pills has a wide range of cautions due to a possible reaction for other drugs in the person’s system.” He adds, “Withdrawal symptoms can include effects like having the permanent flu with a multiple of 10.”
Answering what signs drug users exhibit, Officer Riebschlager said, “Everyone can exhibit different effects of drug use. Memory loss is most common, odors on clothing or on their person from the burned smell of their narcotic of choice. Changes in behavior patterns, lack of hygiene resulting in foul smells, or as I put it they can smell like hot garbage. Methamphetamine use causes your body to have small nervous spasms which to most is not noticed.” If you suspect someone is taking drugs, he said, “Parents can contact the school resource officers located at their child's campus and voice concerns, but the best route for confirming suspicion is for the parents to speak with their students themselves and make their observations known. Guidance counselors are a good avenue also, but often the students are not going to admit any wrong doing to these counselors. Teachers should seek advice from their respective authority figures on where to log concerns for students.”
He discusses safety precautions, “If drugs or prescription pills are located by someone that does not know what they are, they can call the police non-emergency line and an officer will respond to where they are. In the event that the item or items are illegal, the officer has many choices they can make on how to deal with the items that are turned over.”
Many arrests have been made over the years by Officer Riebschlager while working at McMillen HS. Most of those arrests have been for marijuana possession, but there have been some for prescription drug possession and cocaine. All of which were brought to his attention via the Crime Stoppers Program that is available on campus.
He has received numerous excuses as to why students are using drugs: they need to stay awake to study, their friends were doing it so they wanted to try it and it is an escape from life at home and they became hooked.
Officer Riebschlager said, “Students arrested for drug possession that results in a misdemeanor crime are removed from campus and sent to the district special programs center for a period of weeks then sent back to the campus for another try. Those arrested for felony possession on campus are often expelled by the school district and they are sent to JJAEP (jail school) in McKinney, TX. These decisions are only school-year long and a student may return to their 'home' campus at the beginning of a new school year.”
Listed under ‘Discretionary Expellable Offenses’ in Plano ISD’s 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct is the following: The district may expel for selling, giving or delivering to another person or possessing, using or being under the influence of any type of drug, alcohol or controlled substance when not punishable as a felony. (https://www.pisd.edu/Page/947)
Plano ISD details their policy for use of trained dogs, “In an effort to keep the work place and schools free of drugs and weapons, the District shall use specially trained dogs to detect the presence of substances prohibited by law or District policy. These inspections shall be unannounced and will be made at the discretion of the District.” (For additional details, go to https://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Download/312?filename=FNF(LOCAL).pdf)
Photos provided by Murphy Police Department. LSD found during the arrest on April 23 at McMillen High School.