Ravenna band students face drug charges

By Deanna Hohler Bottar Record-Courier staff write Published:

Ravenna Schools Superintendent Philip Warner confirmed Saturday that some marching band students had been charged in connection with alleged marijuana possession while at a Trumbull County camp for a five-day band program. It is not known how many students were charged, and Warner was unsure at which camp the band outing was held.

"In spite of the supervision that we had, these things happen from time to time," Warner said.

The band left for camp Monday morning and returned to Ravenna Friday. Band camp is an annual event where band members work together in a camp setting to prepare for the upcoming school year and band season.

Students allegedly involved in drug activity face suspensions from school and the band. School administrators are working with parents on the situation, Warner added.

Some students have been remanded to a drug counseling program in lieu of out-of-school suspensions, Warner said. Ravenna schools sometimes supplements punishments with counseling programs when appropriate, he said.

"This is what we do with our students anyway, even if school were in session," he added. "Students could face up to 10-day out-of-school suspensions if they do not complete the counseling programs. Some have been suspended from the band, and the high school administration is working with parents, so some have been dealt with."

Ravenna High School principal Richard Markwardt could not be reached for

comment about the situation Saturday.

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