FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Reaffirming why it is considered one of the best private schools in the country, Pine Crest confirms that four students have left the school as a result of its “Zero Tolerance” policy following a drug investigation on its Fort Lauderdale campus.
The school, which also operates a campus in Boca Raton for lower grades, told BocaNewsNow.com that Pine Crest takes drug possession or use seriously.
Some of the students may have been expelled while others departed on their own.
“If and when we have incidents on campus, we are absolutely zero tolerance,” said Pine Crest spokeswoman Christine Dardet.
While Pine Crest was responsive to requests for information, the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, inexplicably, was not.
Fort Lauderdale Police responded to a narcotics call on January 4th at Pine Crest’s Fort Lauderdale campus but neglected to file a report until February 28th.
It is unclear what delayed Fort Lauderdale Police from filing the report about its visit to the private school for nearly two months, or why it took the department several days to even confirm that an officer responded to the school.
In a written statement to BocaNewsNow.com, a Fort Lauderdale Detective stated, “No specific reasoning behind not being available other than possibly the report being submitted into the records system awaiting approval.”
This is the narrative of the Fort Lauderdale Police report obtained under a records request filed by BocaNewsNow.com.
On the listed date & time I was contacted by school security in reference to allegations of narcotic sales on campus at Pine Crest School. Security staff was advised by two students, who wished to remain anonymous, that another student was selling “weed” on campus. During the schools internal investigation the student was later identified, and because of the schools policy, a search of his backpack was conducted. Two vape cartridges of allegeded THC were located. Further investigation revealed that there was no evidence that any sales were conducted on school campus. During the course of my investigation, I determined that there were no criminal charges, as the oil were unconfirmed to be THC oil. At the request of the school, the cartridges were turned over to FLPD for destruction.