‘Spiked’ lemonade claim lands students in hot water

Two Jefferson City middle school students told classmates last week they had lemonade with alcohol in it. Four students drank the mix, which turned out to have no alcohol.

All of them may have been suspended for the incident, although federal privacy laws prevent Jefferson City Public Schools spokesman David Luther from identifying the students or being specific about any punishment they might have received.

The incident happened about 8:15 a.m. last Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

An unidentified student who witnessed the incident — where two eighth-graders told others they had the mixed drink — reported it to a principal, who then launched an immediate investigation.

Luther said Monday: “Our investigation and the school resource officer’s investigation determined that there was no alcohol.”

However, he said, the students still could be subject to discipline “based on the district’s code of conduct, under Drugs/Alcohol.”

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