Loudoun investigates reports of pot brownies

ASHBURN, Va. – This is no way to get a “high” grade point average. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department is investigating reports that several students allegedly brought “pot brownies” to Farmwell Station Middle School in Ashburn.

Sheriff Mike Chapman said his department was notified about the brownies about 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

“We heard about it yesterday, but it apparently happened a day earlier,” Wayde Byard, spokesman for Loudoun County Public Schools, told WTOP.

“We’re still figuring out what happened, since it appears the evidence was eaten by the time we found out.”

Rumors began flying on Facebook and Twitter that students had been expelled.

“Nobody has been expelled. That’s not something that could happen immediately. It’s an involved process. A student would get a hearing. We want to make sure a mistake wouldn’t be repeated,” Byard said.

Principal Sherryl Loya issued a statement on the school system’s Facebook page, saying the mass expulsion is not true, and that further investigation is needed.

Here is part of Loya’s statement:

“Our school system’s disciplinary system does not impose instant punishments for any offense. When severe punishment, such as a suspension or expulsion, is imposed, it is done only after a thorough investigation at the school and review at the central office.”

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein and Jason Fraley contributed to this story. Follow WTOP on Twitter.

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