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HS guidance counselor fired for not confiscating drugs

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A guidance counselor at a high school in New Jersey is accused of allowing students to leave her office with marijuana.

Loretta Young of Steinert High School in Hamilton, New Jersey was providing confidential counseling for substance abuse to students who came to her complaining about a $10 marijuana sale gone bad. After lecturing them, the 17-year-veteran made them undue the transaction, but allowed them to keep the marijuana.

Hamilton School District Superintendent James Parla declined to comment on the firing.

Based on the tenure hearing documents, Young had an unblemished record prior to the incident and the students came to her because they believed her office was a confidential place.

“There is confidentiality, without confidentiality, a lot of young people wouldn’t talk to us,” said psychologist Dr. Chuck Williams, who also works with students. “They wouldn’t be honest about the issues they face. That’s why you need confidentiality.”

Since the discovery of Young’s handling of the situation, she was also denied tenure upon her firing.

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