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RAF MILDENHALL, England — Ten children have been barred from RAF Alconbury for allegedly using illegal drugs on the base, officials said Thursday.

“The decision to bar these dependents was made to maintain the safety and security of our community and school environments,” Col. Michael Reiner, installation commander, said in a statement. Reiner issued the order to ban the dependents, who were all students at the local Defense Department school.

Some of the illegal activity took place at school functions, Reiner said.

Air Force officials did not say how the authorities found out about the alleged drug use, nor how long their investigation lasted. Reiner said the incidents were not connected.

Specific information about the cases is not being released, Reiner said. He also said the individuals were not charged and the matter is closed.

The U.S. military has few options to prosecute crimes committed by civilians on overseas bases. In such cases, the U.S. military can contact the local host-nation law enforcement, which can make a decision on whether or not to prosecute alleged offenders. In more serious cases, some suspects could be charged through the U.S. federal justice system. The most common recourse for military leaders is to bar offenders from base and revoke their SOFA status, meaning they must leave the country within a certain timeframe.

Bob Purtiman, spokesman for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe, said the barred children were middle and high school students and would have some education options. They could use virtual schooling to continue their education and could continue to receive homework from educators at Alconbury.

Dependents of space available employees, because of tuition payments, would still be able to receive homework, but could not use the Department of Defense’s online education options, Purtiman said.

Purtiman also said the barred students had been granted permission to come on the base to take proctored tests. He was uncertain if space available dependents could also use this option, but believed they could.

Staff Sgt. Brian Stives, an Alconbury representative, said the children barred from base can apply for temporary waivers on a case-by-case basis, including for access to facilities for medical care and drug abuse treatment.

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