A student from Fort Nelson, B.C. will not face criminal charges after a teacher ate food believed to be laced with marijuana, but the student's future at the school is still in question.

Northern Rockies RCMP, which covers B.C.'s far northeast, received a report on May 12, 2017 after a high school teacher ate a homemade muffin from a student, and subsequently complained of not feeling well. 

"The investigation is now over, and the file is closed," said Corporal Madonna Saunderson.

But when — or even if — the student can go back to school is unclear. 

Fort Nelson, B.C.

The teacher who ate the homemade muffin, works in Fort Nelson, B.C., a community of about 3,300 people. (Simon Charland-Faucher/Radio-Canada)

The student cannot come back to class until the District Discipline Review committee hears the case: the most serious suspension the principal can hand out.  

"It's very, very unfortunate that the student made these choices," said School District 81 Superintendent Diana Samchuck.

"It's a very serious offence. I think the teacher could certainly have been driving, and incapacitated — an accident could have occured." 

Discipline options include expulsion

"The student, I don't think, really had a long-range picture in mind," Samchuck added. 

Three administrators who do not directly work with the student will hear the case and make a decision about the student's future. 

"They'll decide if the student can return to school, or if there are other consequences."

Those include a longer suspension, attending drug and alcohol counseling, class changes, or even expulsion. 

Learning opportunity for all

Samchuck says the district and school staff considers the incident a learning opportunity. 

"[They] were advised that, you know, it's prudent not to take food that isn't coming in packages, and leaving beverage cups unattended," said Samchuck.

"The normal things that you have to keep in mind when you're working in a public setting."

The teacher, who is asking for privacy, sought medical treatment, then returned to work. 


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