Student accused of drugging band in competition

by: Eric Philips Updated:

COBB COUNTY, Ga.,None - A Marietta student is accused of giving band mates drug-laced treats.

Authorities said 18-year-old James Lawrence, of Marietta, passed out drug-tainted brownies to school fellow band members.  He turned himself in at the Cherokee County Detention Center late Monday night.

Authorities said Lawrence is part of the Marietta High School marching Blue Devils, and on Oct. 29, the band was participating in a competition at Creekview High School in Canton.  That’s where Cherokee County Schools police said Lawrence handed out the brownies.

Police say five or six students became ill. One of them was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and others by their parents.  All were treated and released.  Investigators said Lawrence later admitted the brownies contained marijuan

A representative for Marietta Schools told Channel 2 reporter Eric Philips the school system is investigating saying, “Any time we receive information of drug-related behaviors on a Marietta city schools campus or at an off-site event, that potentially violates the student code of conduct, we assess the situation to determine if appropriate disciplinary action should be taken. Our primary concern is always with the safety and welfare of our students and staff.”

Lawrence was charged with five counts of reckless conduct and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was released on bail Tuesday morning.

Students Philips spoke with at Marietta High school who did not want to talk about this case.  Lawrence’s attorney did not return Philip’s call.