February 18, 2016
Grosse Pointe South High School’s choir program has a long tradition of excellence. Recently that reputation was tarnished by the behavior of a few students during a trip to Findlay, Ohio, Friday, Jan. 29, and Saturday, Jan. 30, to compete in Findlay Fest 2016, a show choir competition hosting top schools from the region.
On Tuesday, Feb. 2, according to a letter Principal Moussa Hamka sent to choir families, Choral Director Christopher Pratt received information about student behavior on the trip. He notified the administration, putting into motion an investigation uncovering what the letter called “a very dangerous and unhealthy student tradition as it pertains to some overnight field trips.”
According to the letter, 18 students chose to engage in unsafe behavior by consuming marijuana products. The majority of students ingested edible marijuana in cookies, while a handful consumed concentrated marijuana with an electronic device, similar to an e-cigarette. Another handful of students chose to smoke marijuana before the trip began.
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