Family Wants Student's Name Cleared After Drug Suspension

Alan Scaia
December 14, 2018 - 6:31 am
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LEWISVILLE (1080 KRLD) - A north Texas family wants a school district to reverse its punishment for a boy who was suspended for using marijuana.

Nathan Drew was suspended from Hebron High School three days in October and ordered to attend an alternative school for another 30 days.

Drew's family says the punishment was unfair. His father, Jake, says he ordered four different drug tests, and every one came back negative.

Jake Drew says one of those tests was a hair follicle test that would have detected drug use dating back 90 days.

"The more I look into this, I feel like my son's constitutional rights have been violated," he says. "I feel like it's negatively impacted my son's education, his perception of how the justice process should work, and also cost him in terms of his reputation.

Drew says he pulled his son from Lewisville and enrolled him in Plano ISD.

Lewisville ISD says the case went through the appeals process, and the punishment was upheld. The district says it conducted an investigation and interviewed several students.

"The district stands by the disciplinary consequences applied to all students involved," Lewisville ISD wrote in a statement.

Jake Drew started a petition online, calling for Lewisville to reverse its decision and asking both Lewisville and Plano ISDs to change drug policies. By Friday morning, 2,665 had signed.