A scary trend in which cops infiltrate American schools and set up unassuming students for drug deals is emerging in the United States.
Last week, the parents of a special-needs boy in Temecula, Calif., filed a claim against the local school district for helping “local authorities in an undercover drug sting that intentionally targeted and discriminated against their son.”
Via ABC News:
“It is shattering to our son. I don’t know how he will ever be able to trust friends again,” Doug Snodgrass, the father of the student, told ABCNews.com “He is changed for life by this.”
Snodgrass said his 17-year-old son, whose name has been withheld at the request of his parents, transferred to Chaparral High School, a public high school in Temecula, for his senior year. District discipline records from his previous school, Temecula Valley High School, “showed 10 discipline referrals” between August 2011 and May 2012, according to court records, but Snodgrass said the reason for the transfer was the family’s move to a different section of Temecula.
He was placed into an art class at Chaparral where he met Daniel, who befriended him. Not having any friends, his father said, his son quickly latched on to Daniel.
Snodgrass’ son began texting round the clock with his new friend, which at first thrilled his parents, happy that their son had made a new friend, Snodgrass said.
What they didn’t know was that Daniel was an undercover police officer, who the family claims would pressure their son to procure drugs.
“Our son was a new kid in August, and this undercover cop befriended him,” Snodgrass said. On the second day of school, Snodgrass said, Daniel asked the boy to buy drugs. “He asked my son if he could find marijuana for $20,” Snodgrass said. ”Three weeks later my son was able to bring back a half joint he received from a homeless guy.”
Later, Snodgrass said, “he asked to purchase my son’s prescription medication, but our son refused.”
It took the 17-year-old three weeks to procure a half joint of marijuana, according to court documents filed later in Riverside County juvenile court. After he was pressed again by the police officer, the student retrieved another joint for $20, from another homeless man, the documents said.
A similar case was reported on the radio show “This American Life” last year. In that story, several young police officers were sent undercover to pose as students at three high schools in Palm Beach County, Fla., and tasked with making drug arrests.