Sax and drugs

Perkins High student had smokes, paraphernalia and condoms in instrument case
Emil Whitis
Apr 11, 2013


A Perkins High student had more than just a saxophone in her instrument case when officials flipped its lid Tuesday afternoon.

School officials opened the case and found five Trojan condoms, three Newport cigarettes, several rolling papers, a “pipe commonly used for smoking illegal drugs” and a single Atomoxetine pill, according to a police report.

The girl did not have a prescription for the drug. School administrators suspended the 14-year-old girl for 10 days, while police charged her with underage possession of tobacco and possession of dangerous drugs. She was taken to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center.

It’s unclear who tipped off the principal.



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Phil Packer

All we ever did back in the old days of PHS~smoked some pot, drank some beers, popped some quaaludes, and had sex. These kids today are OUT OF CONTROL!!!


How can ya play any good blues, jazz, cajun or zydeco music with that crap in your sax?! Dammit...


Perkins has crime?!?!


You're got to at least applaud her for having "Safe Sax"!



Phil Packer

Why do they even mention the condoms~is it illegal for her to have them?

Fibber Mcgee

Glad she didn't play the tuba.


if it is , then the schools need to make some arrests , dont yea think ? lol


There was no reason for the presence of condoms to be mentioned in the police report or the newspaper.

Licorice Schtick

That's true. The SR takes pains to protect minors in cases like this. You can be sure the whole school knows who this is by now. Mentioning the condoms was unwise. Makes for better gossip, though.


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Quit Criticizing The Newspaper For How They Write Their Articles And Use Your Time Wisely, Get Off Your A$$ And Lend A Hand To The Community And To Troubled Children, There's A Ton Of Things That Can Be Done, Make A Difference In SomeOnes......




First of all, society and school require that teenagers make adult decisions. Peer pressure contributes. Children are almost expected to be little adults from a young age. I don't think she made a wise choice taking those items to school but then again, how do we know they were even hers? One of her 'frenemies' could have planted those things. The fastest way to bring someone down is to get them busted. Also, brainiacs don't capitalize every word they write.


Give me a break "Unassumer"! You are obviously assuming that ALL of the items mentioned in her instrument case was not hers. It doesn't matter if they were planted in her case or if she intentionally took them to school...they were caught in her possession, so she is being charged with it. I am assuming by your post "the fastest way to bring someone down is to get "them" busted" that you have a personal connection to the family and making excuses for this type of behavior. Just like Sandusky Schools has some issues which reflects through negative behaviors from some of their students, Perkins has issues as well which was also reflected through negative behaviors in this situation.


I agree completely, but it also shows nothing for her parents. I understand that parents cannot have an eye on their child 24/7, but as a parent, you should at least have a suspicion if your child is doing drugs.


Atomoxetine is the pharmaceutical name for the ADHD drug Strattera. Big problem on college campuses for a while now and like all things gradually filtering down to high schools.

Licorice Schtick

Yes, one of several drugs used to compel compliance from all student subjects. You will be assimilated. But this particular drug is supposed to be less likely to be abused, because it's not a stimulant, so it's odd to find someone using it without a presciption. It is associated with increased risk of suicide, though.


...and now, in the State of New York, is considered cause for you to lose your Second Amendment rights.


One of the major problems in our society today is that we always look through a glass window thinking that it will shield us from the realities of the world. The problem is that glass shatters and breaks when something is thrown at it; therefore, we have to come to grips that we are not exempt from anything that life throws our way. The same thing goes in this case. People are so quick to condemn the students in the Sandusky City Schools and look down on them but the students in Perkins are NO better. This goes to show that kids are going to do and try anything because it's just the "nature of the beast" and the times we live in (no matter what district they are in). We are living in a world where parents don't want to face that life has rapidly changed and the "old" school morals and values have diminished. Kids are permitted to run wild and some parents don't want to parent, but be a friend. I am in total and full agreement with "brainiac2007" put it on blast!!! If she had condoms at 14 years old, put it out there and find out who sold her the condoms or who gave them to her. Society will never get better if we are always making excuses, covering up, or always putting ours on a "throne" but looking down on others. Kids in Perkins do the same...if not more than the kids in Sandusky. It is just always covered up, so kudos to the Sandusky Register for keeping us informed.

Phil Packer



"If she had condoms at 14 years old, put it out there and find out who sold her the condoms or who gave them to her." <<< Foryourinformation

You would rather have kids not use condoms?


Please do Not quote me incorrectly!


DGMutley: First of all, if you put what I write in quotes, please quote me correctly and word for word! That is the reason people use quotes! Now if you reread my blog, you would understand that is exactly what I was referencing. She is 14 years old and we do NOT want our 14 year old kids using condoms because we don't want them having sex, selling drugs,etc. Reality the world we live in today, they are having sex at 14 and even much younger? I have a 15 year old and I would not want that for my child, but as a mom, I am not shut out from what I know may very well be happening with my child. So what I am saying again is that if she had condoms or my child had condoms, I want it to be known so that I/We can find out where she got them from and/or who gave them to her. If she bought them from a store, the clerk should be to blame as well, and if she got them from another person, that should be known as well so that they can be confronted as well, along with my child. It's like if someone sold my child drugs and they got caught with them...I would want to know where my child got them and who sold them to my child, not dismissing what my child did and that they had drugs. That would be dealt with by my family, in our home, with our child, but if my child took those items to school, they will have to deal with the consequences outside our home for doing so...14 or not!



Thank you for your reply.

My question is still the same, “Wouldn’t we prefer that she uses condoms if she is having sex?”

Since condoms were found it would indicate that she is sexually active. We can lock her up, ground her, forbid her to see her boyfriend, etc., but that doesn’t mean that she is going to quit. We can advise her about the pitfalls but we still want her to use protection if she is going to be sexually active.


Of course if our kids are sexually active we want them using condoms. But let's face it, 14 is young, there had to have been peer pressure. As a mother I want to know, who, when, where and why???

Retread her comment again. She clearly states the answer you seek.


Thank you "asweetnessabove"! I thought I spelled out my point exactly and tried to clarify what I meant when "DGMutley" misquoted me. I guess rereading with an open-mind and for a clearer understanding was asking too much. My earlier reply speaks for itself and DGMutley's question has been already answered by you and I.


I didn’t misquote you. You may feel that I took your comment out of context but I didn’t really do that either. You are talking like condoms are a gateway to sex and we need to punish anyone connected with giving them to a 14 year old. I don’t share that view. Giving your child the third degree on the condoms just alienates him or her and shuts them up. Congrats, you just lost the battle. PLUS, you are exposing him or her to STDs or pregnancy. AIDS is for life and is a death warrant. So, rather than hanging my kid out to dry I commend him.

The pill is totally different.


DGMutley: This is my last blog of entertaining your obvious lack of understanding and knowledge of what my posts are referencing. First of all, with having 4 children of our own, you can congratulate me all you want with your sarcasm, but again, by misinterpreting my blogs and trying to school me on sex education and STD's, it really shows how limited your knowledge is on the realities of kids in today's society and it's people like you who have created this "monster" of allowing kids to think it's ok to destroy society's morals and values by patting them on the back and telling them, here honey...I know you are having sex...why don't you take this box of condoms and do what you want with the way my dear child...why don't you use my bed...all the kids are doing it anyways, now go and have fun because I don't want you to get mad at me and shut me out of your life. I don't think so! Our oldest is 20 years old and we found out that they were engaging at 16 because they started asking questions and we are the type of parents who will not close our eyes to the obvious. My husband and I sat down, had a talk at that time openly with our child about life, STD's, babies, etc., and then WE, as the parents, decided that we should go out and purchase condoms for our child. If we discovered that they were in possession of them otherwise, we would have had the same talk, but dug a bit deeper to find out who supplied them to our child. Our oldest is in college now without a baby or STD and we have had a talk (freely) with our 2nd to oldest as well! Also, to destroy your notion that they were punished...we had a talk that may not have been all pleasant, but our children were comfortable, they were not grounded, given a 3rd degree, or anything else! So you can keep your congratulations and provide your unproductive lecture to someone else without parental experience.


Newsflash: Perkins' students do the same things ALL students do!


Yeah, especially when the Perkins student is open enrolled from Sandusky


I graduated from Perkins! I know from experience.


I'm sure the Sandusky factor is the problem. Lord knows that a home-raised Perkins student couldn't make a poor choice.


You are right deertracker, except Perkins Students do it on 1200 thread count sheets!


Wait a minute, didn't Bill Clinton have a sax. That could explain the condoms!!!!!

Licorice Schtick

Than might have been funny some time around the end of the 20th century.


I hope everybody knows, just because one student got caught, doesn't mean EVERY student in the school does it.
This girl, whom was a friend of mine, had enemies. Some who is also in band. Do I believe some of it could have been her's? Yes. Do I think all of it was? No. Everyone has faults, she's not perfect, but who cares? I still stand by her side. She's a good friend, and an amazing saxophone player, whatever she has in her case.