Teen suspended 9 weeks for marijuana

Father found joint. Teen said he purchased in school library
March 10, 2008 4:42:28 PM PDT
When a Westchester father found a marijuana cigarette in his son's pocket he went to North Salem High School for help. The 16-year-old boy told his dad he bought the joint in the school library for $20. The school suspended the teen, Pablo Rodriguez, for nine weeks.

Many of his neighbors hearing the case believe the suspension is too long and they've begun a petition asking school officials to reconsider.

The teen's father, also named Pablo Rodriguez, says they would never have known about the marijuana in his son's pocket if he didn't telll them. The elder Rodriguez says he now believes parents should keep quiet if they learn their children are doing drugs.

North Salem schools superintendent, Kenneth Freeston, says he couldn't comment on Rodriguez's case, but he wanted the school to have a strong stance against drugs.