Student Arrested After Smoking Joint During Pro-Pot Essay At School

By chillinwill · Jun 3, 2009 · ·
  1. chillinwill
    PURDY, Wash. -- A student presenting an essay at Peninsula High School in Purdy on Tuesday morning took out a marijuana joint, lit it, and began smoking it, police said.

    According to Pierce County sheriff's detective Ed Troyer, the student smoked the joint during his essay supporting the legalization of marijuana.

    He then finished his essay, sat down, finished smoking the joint and then ate the end after it was fully smoked.

    The teacher of the class contacted the school resources officer, a Pierce County sheriff's deputy, who found a small residual amount of marijuana on the student, Troyer said.

    The student, a 17-year-old junior with a 3.7 grade-point average, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana by Pierce County deputies and booked into Remann Hall in Tacoma.

    Posted: 10:43 am PDT June 2, 2009

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  1. Alicia In Wonderland
    Talk about "fighting the Man". It's a shame he didn't pass it around the classroom.
  2. Venusia
    Oh wow. Kid's got some balls on him. Too bad he had the residual amount on him or he may have walked away without a problem. Thanks for sharing, I found it slightly humorous to picture how that played out in the classroom. LOL
  3. MarkyMayhem
    I wanna know what exactly constituted a residual amount?

    A good lawyer....
  4. EscapeDummy
    This kid is an idiot. This story just makes him look immature and stupid, especially for eating the joint. It's not as if he made a martyr of himself, he just got in trouble.
  5. RaverHippie
    The eating the joint bit is understandable. The residual amount is what is annoying. I wish for better details!
  6. Alicia In Wonderland
    Here's the actual essay that he wrote, it's a bit lengthy, but he sure did cover all the bases:

  7. DopinDan
    I don't think this kid is an idiot at all. He has courage to stand up for his beliefs and speak truth to power. This is a quality we need in a lot more Americans, and people around the world.
  8. Euthanatos93420
    3.7GPA says a lot. The essay does cover all the bases. I love this kid.
  9. Alicia In Wonderland
    Teen accepts penalty for marijuana speech
    expelled: 17-year-old lit joint as class project

    BRENT CHAMPACO; The News Tribune
    Published: 06/06/09 12:05 am | Updated: 06/06/09 9:10 am

    Ian Barry says he wasn’t trying to be a martyr when he lit a marijuana joint this week at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor, nor was he trying to pull a stunt.Simply put, the 17-year-old junior wanted to drive home the message of his persuasive essay: Marijuana doesn’t deserve its negative stigma and should be legalized.

    On Friday, Barry told The News Tribune that he knew what the consequences would be for his bold tactics, but he was willing to accept them.After his speech Tuesday, he was arrested and sent to Remann Hall juvenile detention center in Tacoma. He was ousted from school on an emergency expulsion.He says he fully accepts his punishment. He faces misdemeanor charges of unlawful drug possession after police found the container that he carried the joint in and that contained marijuana residue. He also understands this will go on his record.“I see myself as someone who holds himself to a high moral value,” Barry said via cell phone. “I stand up for what I believe in.”

    News of his speech and arrest spread quickly, as local and national media outlets picked up his story.But more importantly, he said, his story has created a dialogue about whether marijuana should be legalized.“As Sir Isaac Newton said, ‘Every action has an equal and opposite reaction,’ ” Barry said. “I don’t think there would have been another way I could have gotten this reaction.”

    Here is Barry’s account of what happened:
    About a month ago, he and the rest of the students in Peninsula’s Rhetoric Revels group were asked to produce a persuasive speech. The group meets monthly to celebrate student work in English classes.He said a classmate suggested that he present a speech on legalizing marijuana. He said he has smoked pot since he was 12, and the topic made sense because it was something in which he believed.

    Barry, who has a 3.7 grade-point average, stressed that he took the assignment seriously. In fact, what was supposed to be a two-page paper turned into 15 pages.But to prove his point and get the attention of all students, Barry decided to take the now-famous puffs.
    On Tuesday, about 150 students gathered in Peninsula High’s auditorium. They had heard about his plans and wanted to see it for themselves.When it was his turn to speak, Barry said he walked on stage and read the first seven pages.Then, before he turned to the eighth page, he pulled out the joint that was hidden in his dreadlocks. He said he lit up, took a toke, then read the rest of his speech, occasionally stopping to take a puff. “There was a huge cheer when I lit up,” he recalled.Among the topics covered in his speech: marijuana’s medicinal benefits and its undeserved reputation of being harmful. It lasted about 12 minutes.When he was done, Barry walked backstage, took a few more hits, then ate the little bit that remained of the joint.

    One of his friends went to check on him backstage, then the two sat back down in the audience. A school administrator walked to Barry, escorted him out and eventually to the principal’s office.Barry said a police officer showed up, put him in handcuffs and drove him to Remann Hall.He was booked, fingerprinted and photographed before being released to his father about an hour later.

    In the days since his speech, he’s been both defended and condemned in dozens of online comments on the story on The News Tribune’s Web site.Barry said he’s been encouraged by some of the comments, but it’s fine if people disagree with his stance. He just hopes people realize that he was simply trying to get his message across and wasn’t afraid of his punishment.His future is in flux. He will meet with Peninsula administrators to determine whether he should be allowed to finish classes.He’s also looking beyond high school at college. Barry is considering a career in English or politics.
    He said he’s going to take the SAT test today. His first college of choice: “California, probably Humboldt” State University, he said.

    Brent Champaco: 253-597-8653
    [email protected]
  10. Greenport
    Hope more students grow as much balls as this guy did :)

    I also hope the school takes it easy on the guy, it took a lot of guts to do something like that and he did it to prove a point. However if the school does kick him out, it will only further prove the points he made in his essay regarding pot's negative stigma.

    You've got to stand up for something or you will fall for anything.

  11. Politicalchalk
    As a speech and debate all-star in high school, Swim took a liking to this guy from the start. His speech was well thought out and executed.

    In all seriousness, I wonder what grade he got?
  12. runitsthepolice
    I want to know how he was able to pull out a joint and smoke it without getting immediately pulled off stage by school officials.

    Someone give this guy a job. Bravo.
  13. Bryan_J
    A person is also wondering how he managed to puff a 12 minute joint on an auditorium stage, without being 'kindly' led off stage. After reading his essay, he believes that this person put LOTS of effort and thought into his topic. A person congratulates him for standing up for freedom of expression, and appreciates that he handled his punishment with maturity and respect for the opposing forces.

    PS, that kid's got some balls for sparking up. It's all about location, location, location my friend. ;)
  14. Greenport
    Maybe he should put in an application as spokesperson for NORML ;)
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