NAPLES, Italy – Three Naples American High School seniors won’t participate in graduation ceremonies after they were expelled on drug charges that included bringing a dealer onto school grounds.

The school called the Naval Criminal Investigative Service a couple of weeks ago to look into drug use and distribution.

At an expulsion hearing Tuesday, a committee comprised of military and school officials and a legal officer heard the evidence.

Principal Kay Galloway said the allegations included drug use, possession and distribution, and bringing a known drug dealer to the school.

She said the drugs included marijuana and Ecstasy.

Galloway agreed with the committee’s recommendation for expulsion.

“That would mean not participating in the baccalaureate, not participating in the graduation,” she said. “But we did say there would be no mention made on the transcripts that they would be expelled.

“This is very painful. ... I feel very badly for their families.”

She didn’t know if the students planned to appeal the decisions.

The NCIS investigation is ongoing; agents also are gathering witnesses for a case involving a sailor.

At an awards assembly Wednesday, Galloway brought students up to date on the troubles and reminded them there is a new Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service counselor at the school.

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