Four teenage girls at a Fylde coast high school have been suspended after eating cake laced with cannabis.
The Baines High School students were excluded after being found with a ‘space cake’, which was baked at home and taken into the Poulton school.
All parents have a responsibility to ensure their children are properly looked after and to do the right thing when they are not on school premises
The girls, aged between 13 and 14, were caught by teachers at the school, in Highcross Road, before being sent home.
The school’s chair of governors, David Jesson, said there is a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on drugs in class and called on parents to take responsibility for their children’s behaviour.
Mr Jesson said: “At most schools there are occasions where pupils are caught with stuff in their pockets but on the whole, this is an incident which is totally out of character for the school.
“The school has dealt with this immediately and a warning will also be sent out to pupils that this behaviour will not be tolerated.”
He continued: “It’s always a shock when this sort of thing happens. Unfortunately we have no control of pupils once they are out of school and I understand this product – this cake – was made at home and brought into school.
“All parents have a responsibility to ensure their children are properly looked after and to do the right thing when they are not on school premises.
“It’s the school’s responsibility to ensure that if they don’t do that, actions are taken to ensure they suffer the consequences, and that other pupils are fully aware there will be no tolerance of this sort of thing.”
Cannabis is the most widely used drug in the UK, and can lead to poor exam results, drugs charity Talk to Frank said.
The class B drug is illegal to have, give away, or sell, and can be baked into cakes.
“Cannabis can affect the way the brain works,” a spokesman for Talk to Frank said.
“Regular, heavy use makes it difficult to learn and concentrate and research has linked cannabis use to poor exam results.
“People who take a lot of cannabis can also find they lack motivation.”
The drug can also affect users’ mental health by triggering anxiety and paranoia, and can worsen their memory, the charity added.
Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said: “It’s not just a matter of educational performance, cannabis is illegal and these children should not have been in possession of it.
“The police already have the power to treat cannabis as a serious issue.
“I have grave concerns about the impact cannabis can have on children’s mental health.”
Baines High School headteacher Roddy McCowan said: “I can confirm four pupils have been given fixed-term exclusions.
“This kind of incident is extremely rare for the school however we take this issue very seriously and have robust policies in place to deal with it.”