SELBYVILLE, Del. – An incident at a Sussex County middle school where a student brought hard drugs to an after-school dance has some parents worried about the way the school has been handling the situation.
The Indian River School District said parents of Selbyville Middle School students were not notified when a student brought heroin to the school's Halloween dance on Oct. 31 because the incident only involved one student.
According to police, the male student who brought the heroin went into the bathroom during the dance and ingested the drug. When he returned to the dance, the student suffered adverse effects caused by the drug and school officials called 911. The student was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, MD where he was treated and released the same day.
Crystal Coursey, whose daughter attends Selbyville Middle School, said she didn't hear about the heroin incident until that Monday afternoon following the dance.
Nearly two weeks later, Coursey still has not heard any official notification about the drugs from the school.
“I wish that they had told us about it,” said Coursey. “I do worry about my daughter. She's at a very gullible age at this point and she's curious,” she said.
Coursey also expressed given the most recent case of a Selbyville four-year old child bringing a backpack full of heroin to her daycare center, news of this nature should've been brought to parents' attention immediately.
“This seems to be an issue everywhere -- and in this area,” said Coursey.
David Maull, a spokesperson for the Indian River School District, said the school has appropriately disciplined the student who brought and ingested the heroin on school grounds. No other students were found to be involved in the incident, according to Maull.
School district officials say the Selbyville Police Department is currently investigating the matter further.