Iligan school tightens security after student shows 'drugs' to peers

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 10 2017 07:33 PM

ILIGAN CITY — An elementary school in Iligan City is tightening security after a student was caught earlier this week carrying illegal drugs.

On Wednesday, a Grade 2 student of Villaverde Elementary School was caught with 6 sealed sachets containing what is believed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride, or "shabu."

School principal Marilyn Cajeta said the boy, 16, showed the sachets to other students outside the communal comfort room. The students reported the incident to the school’s watchman. 

The boy in question did not tell Cajeta and local authorities how he got the sachets.

“His statements were inconsistent and he has named a lot of names. We could not say if he is intentionally misleading us because we know that he is naturally like that. He has a problem with retention,” Cajeta said.

The boy’s teacher, Helen Bagares, said she does not believe her student is a drug user. However, she recalled that he once told her that he allegedly got high on roof sealant. 

“I asked him why he does it, he tells me that he is not fed at home and that his parents often quarrel,” Bagares said.

The sachets were confiscated and submitted to the crime laboratory for identification.

At the time this story was written, the boy went ahead with his classes, while the school administrators planned to see his parents for questioning.