Skip To ContentSkip To Content
    Edible Marijuana Incident
    Posted on 10/10/2019

    October 10, 2019


    Dear Rainier Beach Families and Guardians,

    Wednesday afternoon, school administration learned that a student brought edible marijuana to school, which was provided to students. We learned that some students had consumed the edibles and were treated and sent home.

    Additionally, parents of students directly involved were contacted and the student has received consequences.

    I am truly concerned by what took place Wednesday. It is our goal to ensure that our students are safe. Unfortunately, the actions of one child who made a poor decision may have had an impact on how our students and community are perceived.

    This incident opens the door for a constructive conversation about drugs and drug use.  With the legalization of marijuana in Washington State, as well as an increase in doctor-prescribed medicinal marijuana, minors have unprecedented access to the drug. I would encourage you to talk with your students about alcohol and drugs as soon as possible. It is never too soon to start this conversation. If you have questions about how to have these conversations or wish to obtain more information, please contact our Teen Health Center (206-252-6368). They will be happy to provide you with more resources. Additionally, you can find helpful tips and resources at https://www.starttalkingnow.org/high-school .

    I want to assure you that we are committed to doing everything we can to keep our students safe at school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to speak with families and guardians directly.


    Respectfully,

    Keith Smith
    Principal
    Rainier Beach High School


    Please click here for a printable copy of the letter