Two of the 11 Glastonbury High School students who were expelled in connection with an investigation into drug sales at the school have been arrested and police have summons for three more students.
Parents were notified of the situation on Tuesday through an email from Principal Matthew Dunbar and administrators called this the biggest mass expulsion in school history.
"I can now report that eleven students have been recently expelled over issues related to the sale, purchase, or distribution of marijuana or prescription drugs," Dunbar wrote in the email.
Police said on Wednesday they have charged a 16-year-old boy with operating a drug factory, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of between half-an-ounce and 4 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
They charged another 16-year-old boy with possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana after he was seen running through the backyards of private houses on March 22, police said.
Summons have been issued for a 16-year-old boy for drug factory, possession of less than half-an-ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A summons has been issued for another 16-year-old suspected of selling and administering restricted substances. Another summons was issued for a 15-year-old boy accused of possession of less than half-an-ounce of marijuana as well as alcohol and drug paraphernalia.
Another 16-year-old boy who police said had less than half-an-ounce of marijuana has not been charged but will have to go through counseling.
Police have not released the students' names because of their ages. The arrests and summons are a result of an investigation school officials initiated into illegal drug activity at the school, police said.
When Dunbar spoke about the arrests on Tuesday, he said he wanted to clarify rumors that had been circulating about the issues.
The actions taken were not the result of a drug sting, according to Dunbar.
"Dogs have never been brought into our school, and we do not search social networks for information about students," Dunbar said.