School drug debt claim investigated

STEVE HOPKINS
Last updated 16:05 08/11/2012

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Police are investigating claims a supposed drug dealer turned up at an Auckland school to collect a debt from three teenage girls yesterday. 

A police spokeswoman said the teenage boy confronted the trio in the grounds of Botany's Mission Heights School during the lunch break.

Police have been told he demanded money owed for drugs - possibly ecstasy. 

The spokeswoman said police had spoken to the trio but were yet to identify the boy, ''they know who it is but are not saying much''.

Police were not sure what drugs were involved as there was a lot of rumour and speculation going around, the spokeswoman said.

The girls were not hurt. 

Mission Heights Principal Jane Middlemiss confirmed there was an incident at the school but said there was ''no evidence'' drugs were involved. 

Middlemiss said a teenage boy known to the students entered the school grounds and approached them.

She said he was asked to leave by a teacher who saw him arrive ''because of our concern for student safety with a member of the public entering the grounds without permission''.

Middlemiss said police were immediately called and the students' parents notified. 

''The police are investigating but there is no evidence that the person was selling drugs and the students were not in possession of any drugs," she said.

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