Stop Setting Up High School Students In Drug Busts

Police officer: from alternet.com

Target: Temecula Valley Unified School District Superintendent Timothy Ritter and Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff

Goal: Stop setting up high school students in undercover drug busts

Marijuana targeting is becoming more and more ridiculous. In the latest news, undercover police officers set up a California special-needs high school student, the 17-year-old son of Doug and Catherine Snodgrass, to obtain marijuana for a “friend.”

Snodgrass, who has Asperger’s syndrome, had always had a difficult time making friends. He was thrilled when he made a friend named “Daniel,” who texted him all the time. “Daniel” was actually an undercover cop for Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “Daniel” kept insisting that Snodgrass give him his prescription medication, but he didn’t. Then young Snodgrass’ “friend” gave him $20 and told him to buy some marijuana. Snodgrass complied.

Snodgrass was soon arrested along with 21 other targeted kids from the Temecula Valley Unified School District, and all were charged with related crimes. Thankfully, Judge Marian H. Tully ruled that Snodgrass could not be expelled, and that he must continue receiving services. A juvenile court gave him informal probation and 20 hours of community service. No criminal charges were filed.

Since returning to school, Snodgrass continues to be threatened with expulsion. His parents are suing the school for damages. The Snodgrass family and Judge Tully, along with Stephen Dowling, a retired Deputy Chief of Police in the LAPD, are outraged at this discriminatory drug targeting. Urge Temecula Valley Unified School District and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to stop setting up high school students in undercover drug busts.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Ritter and Mr. Sniff,

We are outraged about Temecula Valley Unified School District’s targeting of high school students in undercover drug busts. Among the worst case is that of Doug and Catherine Snodgrass’ son, who has Asperger’s syndrome. Snodgrass was desperate to make friends, and we think it’s disgusting that you took advantage of that to set him up for buying marijuana.

Not only is Snodgrass a minor, but he is likely to do more than he would normally do to make friends. He is unlikely to cause problems in school, and he continues to be threatened with expulsion even though it was ruled in court that he can’t be.

We realize that drug crimes can’t often be prosecuted without proof. But does that necessitate making proof? Are your arrest quotas so high that convicted murderers, rapists, and other violent criminals don’t fill enough spots? We urge you to stop setting up high school students to buy drugs immediately, especially students who you already know are at a disadvantage.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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