Student tip during sweep leads to confiscation of narcotics near Kearney High School

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KEARNEY, Mo. -- Students at Kearney High School tell FOX 4 News two high school students have used social media and text messages to offer marijuana-based cookies to classmates.

A spokesperson for the Kearney Police Department says police got a tip from a student during a routine K-9 sweep last Friday. That student told police about two other students in possession of illegal drugs.

One Kearney student said the two 11th-graders were using social media as well as group text messaging to offer to sell marijuana-laced cookies to others.

Kearney High seniors Kali Dodd and Julia Tucholski say they're aware of the drug-related conversations. Dodd says she was looking on last Friday, when police dogs checked out a student's car before being directed to an off-campus location where narcotics were confiscated.

“Everyone knows that stuff goes on and that happens in every regular high school,” Dodd said. “It's just sad to think people aren't smart enough to either not do it or to not tell a million people about it.”

Kearney School District leaders say they're working closely with law enforcement to get this case resolved. District spokesperson Sonya Love says thus far, no students have been disciplined. Tucholski says she's disappointed that students would engage in illicit activities on school time.

“They kind of deserved it, honestly,” Tucholski said. “You know, it's on school property. It is their fault. It wasn't very smart.”

Police advise parents to keep tabs on their kids' social media activities. Kearney Police spokesperson, Lieutenant John Stewart, says police are examining the drugs that were found last Friday.

Lt. Stewart says no illegal drugs were found on  school grounds, and so far, no one's been arrested, but police are still investigating.

Students in Kearney schools are about to finish the school year. Their final day of classes before summer break will be next Thursday.

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