UPDATE: Middle Schooler Arrested for Bringing Brandy Cocktail to School

The student at Wells Middle School in Dublin was suspended after being arrested, according to police officials.

Dublin Police officials confirm that a middle school student at T. D. Wells Middle School in Dublin was arrested on Friday after the student brought a "mixture of brandy and Gatorade" onto campus.

Lieutenant Herb Walters says the student was arrested and released to their parents.

"The student was also suspended by the school and may have other consequences handed down by the school," Walters said. "There will be some other follow-up by the School Resource Officer and the school later this week."

Tess Johnson, an administrator with the Dublin Unified School District, says the schools take these types of situations very seriously.

"This incident is currently under investigation and we are working with the police on this," Johnson said. "Due to the laws protecting student confidentiality, we cannot comment on any disciplinary actions."

Johnson noted that last year the district had a "courageous conversation" with parents districtwide at an event held at Dublin High about drug and alcohol issues.

"We plan to continue that conversation," she said. "We have a lot of resources and work without outside agencies for these type of issues. Whenever an incident arises, we do have a policy in place and we follow the student guidelines and cooperate with law enforcement."

Johnson added that "student safety is paramount."

District officials encourage any parent with questions about this type of incident, to contact the school principal.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.
Judy Stanley January 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM
I always thought Gatorade was tastier when mixed with vodka!!!??? Does this kid not get breakfast at home?
Beth Brizee January 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM
I am extremely disappointed with the administration at Wells over the lack of communication on this issue. My daughter seems to think more than one child was involved but I can not even discuss this very serious issue with her because the school has not communicated with parents (and apparently not communicated with the Patch either). Leaving this issue to only be discussed between students is irresponsible.
CODubTown January 15, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Beth my daughter said the same thing re another child involved (not sure if he knew what he was drinking). I heard this story from my daughter first. Then Patch. Nothing from the school very disappointing
Beth Brizee January 16, 2014 at 01:40 AM
Same story my daughter told me - sad that we have to disseminate information from 13 year old hearsay. There is a Coffee with the Principal 1/16 8:30 am. I wish I could be there but work precludes my attendance. I am still hoping for some communication, a week later, so that we can have accurate information in which to address the issue with our children.
Jaimie January 17, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Beth, Ms DeWitt here. I hope you and my favorite girl are doing well! I'm not writing as a representative of WMS, I'm writing as a teacher and a mother. As a teacher, we have to remember that each and every student that enters our campus is a child. These children need guidance, not to have their business aired across the internet and in letters home to their classmates parents. If your daughter (and I know this would never happen) were a part of a similar situation, I know you as a parent, wouldn't want your information or information spread across the community. I think as a mom, this is an opportunity to talk to our kids about how to respond if they suspect someone is drinking or doing drugs, or even further, if someone may offer them to participate. This is an isolated incident, and sadly, should probably have never been reported on through the Patch. It doesn't really matter the specifics or who was involved, it's more likely than not, that information has already been dealt with behind closed doors, as it should be. Your children are safe and if you feel like you need more communication, share that with the school, not with other parents, or here on the patch. You made a great suggestion of the Principal's breakfast, if you can't attend, there is always email, phone calls, or even at morning drop off. Let's move forward and make the rest of this year a great year and pray for those students who happened to make a bad choice this time around.


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