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Student accused of selling marijuana laced cookies

Taylor Michel (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.) Taylor Michel (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Dept.)
Poplar Bluff Police say Taylor Michel,17, sold cookies containing marijuana to a 15-year-old student. Poplar Bluff Police say Taylor Michel,17, sold cookies containing marijuana to a 15-year-old student.
Police say Michel admitted to selling the pot cookies to the school resource officer. Police say Michel admitted to selling the pot cookies to the school resource officer.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

The Poplar Bluff School Board passed a new, tougher drug policy last spring, and they didn't have to wait long to enforce it.

Poplar Bluff Police say Taylor Michel,17, sold cookies containing marijuana to a 15-year-old student last week.

Police say Michel admitted to selling the pot cookies to the school resource officer.

He is charged with felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and distribution of a controlled substance to a minor.

Under the school's new drug policy, possession or being under the influence of drugs results in a minimum suspension of 45 days, which is up from just 10 days under the old policy.

The maximum punishment is 180 days, or about one full school year.

Another change allows for an alternate route for first time offenders.

Under the alternate route, students can be suspended for just ten days, then serve ten days in school suspension, but they have to admit to the offense and agree to random drug testing.

"We're in the business of educating," said superintendent Chris Hon. "If a student makes a wrong, reflects on it, and wants to improve, we don't want to take away their educational opportunities if we don't have to."

Hon would not say whether or not the students involved in this case are back at school, but he did say they will follow the guidelines set forth in the new policy.

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