Drugs Alert in Skye
The Head Teacher of Portree High School, Catherine MacDonald, has written to parents to alert them to the need for vigilance against the misuse of drugs in the community.
This follows the suspension of two pupils earlier this week for a drugs-related incident outwith but close to the school, which has involved the police.
Police have agreed to attend school assemblies, involving all pupils, next week to support the Head Teacher and school staff in highlighting the dangers of misusing drugs.
In her letter to parents, Ms MacDonald wrote: “Sadly like all other communities, drug misuse is a reality here in Skye. This week two pupils from our school have been suspended for a drugs-related incident which occurred one morning outwith but close to the school.
“At Portree High School, we are constantly vigilant about drugs and strive to ensure the safety of our pupils at all times. We have a comprehensive drugs education programme and follow The Highland Council policy on all matters relating to drugs. We work closely with the local police – including their attendance at parents’ evenings.
“We intend having whole school assemblies next week at which the local Police will speak to our pupils about drugs. I am sure you agree that drugs are not to be tolerated and that we, as a community, have a duty to send out this clear and comprehensive message and to work together to ensure the safety and well-being of our young people. Any help you can give at home in reinforcing this message would be very greatly appreciated.”