Kids Found With Drugs In West Midlands Schools
23 April 2015, 06:08
Heart's been told police in the West Midlands were called out 140 times to schools because of drugs being found.
Most cases are down to cannabis, but heroin and ecstacy have also been confiscated by officers.
Nationally, data from police forces across England and Wales shows illegal substances were seized in more than 2,000 incidents and offences over the last four years.
Teachers described the figures as a "worry'', and "the tip of the iceberg of what young people are encountering on the streets''.
There were two cases of heroin possession on school premises in the West Midlands, and the 140 individual cases - which included an eight-year-old and a nine-year-old in Staffordshire primary schools who were caught with cannabis, meant the region was the third worst nationally.
Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said: "Any incident of drugs on school premises is worrying as it will often only be the tip of the iceberg of what young people are encountering on the streets.
"Teachers and school leaders are always alert to the potential for young people being involved in drug or alcohol abuse.
"Unfortunately, many of the programmes and specialist support on which schools could rely to assist them in supporting and educating young people in the perils of substance abuse have been cut under this coalition government.''