Kennedy High Student Found with Trace Amounts of Cocaine at School, Officials Say

Five staff members checked out at the hospital after exposure to powder


Kennedy High School in Silver Spring

Via Montgomery County Public Schools

A white, powdery substance discovered this week in a John F. Kennedy High School student’s bag turned out to contain cocaine, a school system spokesman said.

Authorities tested the substance and found “trace amounts of cocaine,” possibly mixed with something else, Officer Rick Goodale of the Montgomery County Police Department said. Staff members at the Silver Spring school discovered an unidentified powder on Tuesday and called rescue workers to Kennedy High after some of it spilled out of the bag, according to a letter sent home to parents. Police, a hazmat team and fire and rescue workers came to the school to investigate, according to school officials.

The powder was confined to a small area of the school, and no student instruction was disrupted.

Five staff members who were exposed to the powder – an unknown substance at that time – were sent to the hospital, and all of them were discharged Tuesday evening, school system spokesman Derek Turner said.

Goodale said the investigation is ongoing to determine, among other things, whether the juvenile student intended to distribute the powder.

As of Friday morning, no one had been charged, he said.

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