Maryland criminal law already requires police officers to notify a student’s school if the student is arrested outside of school for any one of a long list of crimes. Now, the legislature is considering a bill that would add arrests for possession or administration of a controlled substance - known commonly as “drug dealing” - to that list, according to a recent article in The Herald-Mail.
The bill, introduced by Washington/Allegheny Delegate LeRoy E. Myers, Jr., adds drug crimes to the list of reportable crimes already included in the Safe Schools Act, such as murder, malicious defacing of property, and possessing firearms. Del. Myers says that he believes the current version of the Safe Schools Act overlooked drug crimes and that if schools were aware of a student’s arrest on a drug-related charge, the school may be able to help the student avoid similar arrests in the future.