New Albany police responded Nov. 26 to another drug-related incident at New Albany High School, 7600 Fodor Road.
Officers arrived at the building at 2 p.m. after being contacted by the school's acting dean of students, Kristy Venne.
Venne had found students smoking, and after a search, recovered cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, lighters, a drug prescribed to a student, 0.98 grams of marijuana in a bag and a pocket knife, according to the police report.
Parents were notified and the illegal items were confiscated by officers.
The incident was handled by school officials, the police report said.
"The district takes any issues that violate the student code of conduct very seriously," said district spokesman Patrick Gallaway. "This situation was handled swiftly and appropriately by our high school dean of students. Discipline will be handled accordingly."
A previous incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20 after Venne questioned two students who had reportedly exchanged a prescription medication.
She received a tip from another student, the police report said.
The students had dextroamphetamine, amphetamine and quetiapine tablets. Police confiscated the drugs, the report said.
Dextroamphetamine and amphetamine pills commonly are used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and quetiapine tablets often are used to treat schizophrenia or depression.
Police Chief Greg Jones said the school resource officer -- currently Kevin Deckop -- works with the district to determine if an issue should be handled internally or by the police department.
Jones said it is not unusual for school districts to deal with something internally.
"The detective and the school resource officer work together and do what's possible to prevent anything like this from happening," he said.
Jones said the city offers a diversion program to first-time offenders, which prevents the student from going to court and expunges the charge from the student's record if the student completes the diversion program.
He said the diversion program typically requires more work from the student than the court would require and puts the onus on the student, instead of the parents.
Jones said if a student accepts the terms of the diversion program, the student might be asked to perform community service, pay restitution for any damages they have caused, adhere to a curfew or write letters of apology.
If the student went to court, he or she would be required to pay a fine and be put on probation, he said.
Jones said the city's probation officer, Amy Boyd, oversees the juvenile diversion program. She also addresses the issues that led the student to trouble, which often can't be addressed by the court.
In other recent incident reports from the New Albany Police Department:
* Police are investigating the theft of a gun, ammunition, a digital camera, jewelry and computer equipment valued at nearly $5,000 between 8:30 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. Nov. 25 from a home in the 8000 block of Parsons Pass.
The burglar entered the home through a basement window, which was damaged in the incident, the police report said.
* Police are investigating two large scratches made Nov. 22 on a student's vehicle parked at New Albany High School.
A key was used to cause the damage, according to the police report.
The vehicle was parked at 7:30 a.m. and the damage wasn't discovered until 1:50 p.m., the police report said.