Drugs Confiscated From High School Ski Trip Bus

Students from Danville, Walnut Creek, Livermore and Concord among those on the trip

A bus caravan from California to Utah ski slopes carried a load of Contra Costa teens and a cache of illegal drugs, police said.

East Bay schools listed as participating included Acalanes, Alhambra, Campolindo, College Park, Granada, Las Lomas, Livermore, Miramonte, Monte Vista, Northgate, San Ramon Valley and Ygnacio Valley high schools, according to website for Summer Winter Action Tours, which ran the trip.

About 250 teens were asked to step off their bus caravan earlier this week at a rest stop in Elko, Nev.,
after witnesses spotted some members of the group smoking pot in the parking lot. A local sheriff responded, realized he had more kids than he could safely incarcerate and settled for confiscating the drugs — weighing in at nearly two pounds worth of Rocky Mountain High.

Deb wainscott December 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Jeff you certainly have alot of venom for not knowing ALL of the facts. So typical of people to jump to conclusions
Creek Diva December 31, 2011 at 01:42 AM
The reincarnation of the Merry Pranksters?
connie December 31, 2011 at 04:53 PM
The greatest emotion I have regarding this event is shame. I'm ashamed that affluent and supposedly well reared kids from this area where I live would be doing this. I'm ashamed that the parents did not insist that the bus turn around and bring those kids home. This is not a small error. These children need to be punished in some way and it doesn't look like that is happening.
benjamin January 01, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I heard the Elko police actually spotted all those kids spicoli-ing out of the bus
Clay Kerri January 01, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Connie, you're ignorant if you think punishment is the solution. Telling kids it's a bad idea to do something right at the age where they will do exactly the opposite of what you suggest is hardly a productive solution.
Paul D. Everts January 01, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Just in case you haven't seen it ... http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/6595790-bay-area-ski-bus-trip-had-been-busted-for-drugs-before/
Paul D. Everts January 01, 2012 at 04:43 AM
As a high school teacher of 23 years and a father of two high school students (high school is in the DFAL), I am very concerned about the adults' reactions than the students' behavior. DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND ME!! What the students did is ILLEGAL (Yes...Clay..they broke the law). In 23 years of teaching high school, drugs/sex/alcohol have always been part of the teenage culture. Yet, the police 'slap them on the wrist' AND what the mother said in the KPIX 5 news segment are MORALLY WRONG. I get the mom wanting her opportunity to deal with her child.... however, she should be dealing with her child on the way home from picking him/her up from the Elko, NV jail. During my career, adults NOT HOLDING CHILDREN/ MINORS accountable is on the increase. I appreciate "Connie's" remarks. I wonder what would have happened if those children (in 1989 they were NOT called "children"; they were called "Young Adults" - another change) were NOT from "affluent" homes. DEFINITELY DOUBLE-STANDARD ON DISPLAY. THIS STORY IS VERY SAD AND DISTURBING. Good Night Sweet America. After seeing how the ELKO, NV police and the other adults in charge handled the situation, I pray for those teachers on Tuesday morning and every day having to deal with students "who got away with it again" and their parents. Also, Clay Kerri, so no punishment should be given?! Look forward to a follow up to what you would do!! Love the "you're ignorant." (SARCASM) God Bless their Teachers!! Happy New Year.
Susan January 01, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Echo Paul - would love to hear what the solution is, if punishment, or some other hard-felt consequence isn't. Turn a blind eye and let them continue doing it until they just figure out it isn't a good idea?? Seriously - why do you have kids then - to just repopulate the earth? We all know about teenagers and their tendencies to do the opposite of what parents say, but why don't you ask the parents of a drug-addicted 20-something if they wish they would have done something a little more strong when they first discovered their kid was "doing a little weed, just like they did in the 60's and 70's." Stupid. I suggest anyone who thinks this isn't a big deal read, "Beautiful Boy." And Paul, echo again, God bless their teachers!! There isn't enough money to make me handle other people's family issues for 9 months of the year, only to get new ones when I finally figure them out!! God bless you for being one of them!!
Julie Mendelsohn January 02, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Most parents who have teenagers in the snowboard scene are well aware that their culture is one of pot and other assorted illegal substances. I tend to fall to the side of 'it's to be expected from the white powder crew'. If your child goes to a rave, do you expect them to remain sober the whole time? Same with snowboarding.
James January 04, 2012 at 05:16 AM
250 young adults/ 2 lbs = about 1.5 grams per ski stud, which is a medium sized joint at best. If pots legalized in CA, there'd be no story here. "Tonight at 11, 250 teens caught with a few cigarettes each. STOP TRAFFIC" Grow up society, no ones to blame here but the government for spending roughly 14 billion of our dollars a year, on fighting drugs. Revert that into better education and maybe we'd have less war, higher employment rates and less addicts. Prohibition will forever = rebellion and abuse. You guys want facts? Go watch "The Union: The Business Behind Getting High". Happy New Years, although I'm sure none of you grumpy, forum cruising adults did anything fun or harmful to your bodies. Don't forget, alcohol = poison. Go Dons! Cheers!
Jeff January 04, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I am Now Convinced...Encouraging High Schoolers To Smoke Pot, Drink Jack, And Pop Prescription Pills On A Ski Trip To Another State Must Be The Right Way. Nothing Wrong With Selling Drugs On A Bus Of Youths. The Parents All Knew, Right? Go Dons! Cheers!
James January 04, 2012 at 08:23 PM
You can thank the corrupt doctors/psychiatrists for the prescription pills, you can refer to my closing statement about booze (although I commend you on the Jack reference) and I'm glad to see you're a fellow Don...Cheers!
James January 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
You can thank corrupt doctors/psychiatrists for the prescription pills, you can refer to my closing statement about booze (and I assume the kids in this area are drinking something a little better than Jack) and I'm glad to see you share my enthusiasm for the Dons....cheers!
Kyle January 06, 2012 at 09:31 AM
nothing new here...these kids just were stupid enough to get caught. You older folks out there must have been out of school waaaaay to long to forget how many kids light up before school on a daily basis. Get wit the program people. Would you all be surprised if i told you your teen could get a sack of weed easier than a fifth of jack? You don't like it, move out of cali, because its only on the rise.


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