Plymouth-Canton Mom Disappointed in Lack of Notification of Marijuana-Laced Brownie Incident

A local mom thinks Plymouth-Canton Schools should have notified West Middle School parents of last week's drug-related incident.

A local mom is expressing concern over how the Plymouth-Canton Community School (PCCS) District handled the recent drug incident at West Middle School last week. 

PCCS officials confirmed that a brownie laced with marijuana was sold between students who knew what was in it.

PCCS Communications Director Kate Dietrich said the district chose not to report the incident to the entire school community because it was an isolated incident between the three students and did not involve the entire student body.

Tracey Hrubiak, whose son is an eighth-grader at West, disagrees with that reasoning.

"If the students had gotten away with it and were not caught, do you really think it would have stayed between the three students?" she said. "No. It would have spread throughout the school. So I think it's a very, very poor excuse not to share that and use it as an opportunity to speak to our children and for our children to speak to their peers about the consequences of drug use."

Hrubiak first heard of the incident from a friend who is a teacher in the district. She then went to her youngest son, Jasper, who told her what happened at his school.

Hrubiak said the district alerts parents when there are cases of lice and whooping cough in the schools and should have for something like this, too. 

"To brush it under the rug is absolutely insane. That does not do our children or our community any good. I know it's an ugly issue, that there are drugs in the school, but that is a fact. But we need to educate our children."

Hrubiak said she's not looking for the students to be identified, but does want more information to be released. 

"It's almost as if Plymouth-Canton is ashamed, but the reality is that drugs are in the schools," she said. "It's not just Detroit Schools. There are drugs and underage drinking going on. There's lots of things going on in our schools and we're not doing anyone any favors by brushing it under the rug."

Hrubiak has sat down with her two children -- her oldest now attends Eastern Michigan University -- to discuss the matter.

"It's unfortunate that these children had to make poor choices," she said. "They're not bad guys. They made a mistake at this age, so let's educate them and hopefully, they get on the right path. I don't think anyone should be pointing their fingers at these children. Let's embrace the situation as a community and deal with it."

Hrubiak's son, Jasper, said he is friends with one of the students involved and plans to talk to him about it.

"I'm going to speak up to him and tell him he made a mistake and tell him what it can do to him," he said. "Drugs can ruin your life. It stays on your permanent record. You won't be able to get into college, get a scholarship, maybe not even a job and you could go to jail."
Emily December 11, 2013 at 07:42 AM
This was not "brushed under the rug." The school dealt with it. We are not told every time someone is suspended for fighting, for cheating, for possessing drugs. No one was in danger; there was no threat. I would feel differently if they had been giving the brownies out to innocent students unaware of what was in them. That was not the case. This is not the same as a case of whooping cough where a notification needs to be sent to the entire community to "warn" them. It was in the news, it was not "hidden", and to get upset over this I find to be rather silly.
Sue Loiselle December 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Emily, I know a student at the school. This report is wrong. I won't give out his name because he will be known as a snitch, but he was offered one of the brownies for 50 cents and was NOT told that it was laced with Pot. So I have no idea how the district thought it was isolated.
Linda December 11, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Sue, I have to agree with Emily. The boy you are referring to was most likely offered a real brownie because a marijuana brownie would cost a lot more than this. Also, middle school students will take an incident and create their own stories. You shouldn't easily believe everything you hear. West is a great school and I trust that the administrators effectively handled the situation. It's not that they are trying to brush this information under rug. I'm certain they didn't want parents and students to become alarmed about the incident because it only involved a couple of kids. Based on what my daughter mentioned to me, this was an isolated incident that didn't jeopardize the safety of the rest of the kids. Shame on the the Hrubiak family for turning their minor concerns into a major headline story on the Patch.
Vail Adams December 11, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Shame on the Hrubiak family? Really, "Linda"? I'm glad you've got this all figured out. Brownie sales and all.
Vail Adams December 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM
I do not consider drugs of any kind (be it pot brownies or heroin) to be a "minor concern" especially when it comes to our kids.
Emily December 12, 2013 at 07:25 AM
I thnk the point is that this involved 3 students. We are not notified each time a child is suspended for being caught with drugs/alcohol. There was no need to "inform" all parents of this. Had they sold them at a bake sale and the student community had unwittingly purchased drug-laced brownies, a notification would be necessary. Linda never stated that drugs are a minor concern, but her point is well-taken that kids create some great stories from these incidents. I stand by West administration for how this was handled.
stayaloft December 12, 2013 at 10:41 AM
" We are not notified each time a child is suspended for being caught with drugs/alcohol. There was no need to "inform" all parents of this." Frankly, I think that parents SHOULD be notified of the number of students who are caught with drugs or alcohol in the schools. It would give parents a much clearer view of what really is going on in our schools. Too many parents have their heads in the sand or willfully ignore the fact that drug use is rampant within our schools. Why? Look to the casual attitude regarding drugs among some of those who have posted comments above. What responsible parent wouldn't want to know this had happened? As for Linda, how dare you belittle someone for being a responsible, engaged, articulate parent who is taking a stand. You just may be part of the problem.
Emily December 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Head in the sand for not needing to be informed every time someone is suspended? First of all, I am far from having my head in the sand. I know drugs are out there. I talk with my kids regularly about this. Even if you know how many are caught, you don't know how many are actually using and selling. The school caught the kids, dealt with it, and moved on. You act as if this is a major event when most of the kids didn't even know it happened. It affected very few. What would have changed in your day had you received a note or a call that this happened? Are you one of those parents who would have gone right up to the school and pulled your kid out to make sure he/she was safe when there was no real threat? And what would that accomplish?
stayaloft December 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM
If you'll reread my post, you'll understand that I'm advocating that the district provide a statistic: the number of kids each year who are caught with drugs or alcohol. Good for you for talking to your kids- but are you really saying that you don't want to know when it's in your child's classroom? Also, you seem to be splitting hairs when you say that the number of kids who are caught is not a metric by which to judge who is using. Believe me, if a kid has drugs on his person or in her locker they are either using or selling. If you don't get that I've got a bridge to sell to you.
Emily December 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Now you are the one not understanding. Those caught are a small fraction of those out there selling and using. If you think the number of those caught accurately reflects the amount of drugs in the district, you are delusional. I do not need a statistic. I know the drugs are out there. I am very clear on that. My concern is not so much on how much is out there but on educating and guiding my kids to making good decisions and not getting themselves involved in those situations. Slapping a statistic on paper does not make me feel any better or any worse. I do not put a lot of faith in numbers - those can be manipulated very easily to give a false sense of security.


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