Updated 04/30/2009 05:57 PM
Skidmore College dismisses drug reports
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- "I am convinced and feel comfortable with the fact that we believe the reporting of the incident at Skidmore is not accurate," said Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy.
Murphy set the record straight Thursday afternoon.
Last week, local newspapers said law enforcement turned a blind eye on students openly smoking pot at an unsanctioned 420 event.
"We were able to ask question specifically of campus safety, other college officials, law enforcement community in Saratoga Springs. Now we have an idea of how to proceed from here and what action steps we can take to make sure what did occur on that day certainly will not happen again," Murphy said.
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The student organized event took place on the campus' South Park lawn. Public Safety monitored the event, but say they did not see any unlawful acts.
So in response, the college held a meeting closed to the press. Skidmore officials say the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the incident and how to properly engage students before a problem arises.
"I think, seriously, what we'll need to do is really reexamine our approach and be very open to changes that really allow us to achieve our goal, which is for our students to behave responsibly every day of the year, including on 420," said Dean of Academic Affairs W. Rochelle Calhoun.
The consumption of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor.
Skidmore College has a zero tolerance code when it comes drug use and says the administration does enforce accordingly if student is caught smoking or in possession of the drug.