Students excluded over out-of-school drug possession

STUDENTS from Harristown State High School have been excluded after they were caught in possession of drugs outside the school.

Principal Kenneth Green spoke about the incident at a recent school assembly, which was detailed in the school's newsletter.

The insert in the newsletter read:

"This week on assembly the principal Mr Green spoke about a number of students having been excluded from the school after being found with illicit or prescription drugs prescribed for others.

"Mr Green said that the school consequences are clear when it comes to proven involvement with drugs."

Education Queensland Darling Downs South West Queensland regional director Greg Dickman confirmed students had been excluded.

Mr Dickman said the "alleged incidents" did not occur on school grounds.

"Schools are able to take disciplinary action if an incident impacts on the good order and operation of the school, even if this occurs outside of school grounds," he said in a statement to The Chronicle.

Mr Dickman said Harristown State High School had a "strong pastoral care program" that ensured students were informed about the dangers of illicit drug use.

"Students and their families can also access information and support from the school's senior guidance officer and school-based police officer," he said.

Students who are excluded are unable to return to Harristown State High School, but may be eligible to enrol in other state schools.