Apparently, an Arleta Elementary School third-grader offered to another student a white powder in class on Monday, October 28; a teacher and two parents alleged that they were later told by Principal Diana Kruger that it might have been crack cocaine.
No officials, including the Portland Police Bureau, have officially confirmed whatever the "white power" actually was, however.
The affected student was "monitored by our health assistant until their family could arrive", and was then taken for a checkup by a doctor, according to a message sent to parents by Kruger.
Her message also stated, "The student showed no immediate signs of physical distress." The missive also contained assurances that "student safety is our highest priority. We will continue to be in touch with families. Our concern is for the privacy of these very young students."
Irate parents attended the Portland Public Schools Board meeting on Tuesday evening, November 5, where a group, identifying themselves as "Arleta Parents", submitted a letter about the incident.
The letter writers asserted that "neither Poison Control nor 911 was called" when the alleged crack cocaine was ingested, and complained about "the school environment" after Kruger's arrival.
School Board members got an earful from parents who complained of a lack of answers to questions they've asked. Eventually, PPS Board Chair Amy Kohnstamm let parents know that complaints about employees must be addressed to PPS Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero instead of them.
There is an investigation into the incident, Portland Public Schools, wrote District spokeswoman Karen Werstein, in a prepared statement that read:
"A group of Arleta parents began contacting our Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Schools and Regional Superintendent, beginning last Friday evening and continuing throughout the weekend. Our Regional Superintendent responded to every parent during the weekend, and offered her mobile phone number in case parents wanted to talk immediately. Beginning yesterday, Arleta has had a retired school principal on campus to provide administrative leadership support, and the school's Area Senior Director has been on campus as well."
"I'm not at all satisfied that the school district is doing all that it can to protect my children who go to school at Arleta," groused parent Esther Jameson. "Sure, they have the responsibility of educating our kids; but, at the most basic level, keeping them safe is of utmost importance," she said.
Again, there has been no public disclosure from any authority about whatever the powder actually was, or where the child who had it had obtained it.
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