On Feb. 18 the Hendrick Hudson School District released this statement regarding its investigation into the alleged sale of marijuana at the high school. The Superintendent said his office asked the New York State Police to investigate the allegations. The police conducted a two-day investigation and determined there was not enough evidence to make any arrests. The police closed their investigation and handed it over to the school district. No students were involved in the allegations or investigation, said district spokesman Rick McCormack.
While rumors swirl around town about the investigation, state law strictly prohibits district officials from discussing or answering questions regarding personnel matters. The district can also not answer questions regarding the ongoing investigation.
When asked why the district reached out to the police in the first place and why the school continued the investigation after the police closed it, McCormack said: “There is a different standard of proof for stuff that is illegal in the street. It is different when it is brought into a school setting. The police did not have enough information to make an arrest…A teacher involved in marijuana sale could and would lose their teaching license.”
The district’s investigation is ongoing but school is closed this week for February break, McCormack said. The district has been in touch with its attorneys. While McCormack could not comment much on the situation, he did refute several rumors.
“No one was removed from the high school in handcuffs at any point, there have been no mass resignations, no sting operations,” said McCormack. He also said there is no video involved in the investigation, a rumor some parents have heard.
“We are doing our best to respond (to questions and rumors) while protecting peoples' rights and to not compromise the investigation as it moves forward,” McCormack said.
As of Tuesday morning, there have been no resignations, according to McCormack.
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