Aviano students investigated for drugs, alcohol possession

By JENNIFER H. SVAN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 28, 2014

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — An undisclosed number of students attending Aviano Middle/High School in Italy are under investigation for possession of drugs and alcohol, a spokesman for Defense Department schools said Monday.

The school was closed for more than an hour Thursday while the Italian Carabinieri — local police — searched the campus as part of the investigation, said Bob Purtiman, spokesman for Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Europe.

Marijuana and hard liquor were found, Purtiman said. The number of students involved and the quantity of drugs and alcohol confiscated are still being determined.

“It’s still an active investigation,” he said. “They’re still bringing kids in and talking to them.”

If and how the students found to be involved will be disciplined isn’t known yet, Purtiman said.

Some students, however, are potentially facing more severe consequences than others, he said. A DODDS disciplinary committee, composed of school officials, is expected to meet early next week. The committee decides on consequences for more serious offenses such as suspensions longer than 10 consecutive days or even expulsions.

The Italian Carabinieri is leading the investigation. A police spokesman could not be reached Monday for comment.



Students, parents and teachers crowd the hallways at Aviano High/Middle School as they head to their classrooms August 26, 2013, to start their first day of school this year at Aviano Air Base, Italy.


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