Police Blotter: Three Pot Busts at Oxford High School, Vandalism at Great Oak

The following information was supplied by the Oxford Resident Trooper's Office. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Police say two  juveniles were arrested this week for carrying small amounts of marijuana. Police are not releasing the students’ names because of their ages. The arrests come shortly after a third student was arrested last month and given an infraction (like a speeding ticket), which is what the revised state law calls for when someone possesses less than one half ounce of marijuana. Police say they have received no calls from parents or anyone else expressing concerns about a drug problem at the high school, though local police say they take these types of cases seriously.

A local woman was arrested on Monday after she punched her boyfriend several times in the parking lot of a local gas station and then drove away fast, police said.

Police received a call about the case at the and gas station at 357 Oxford Road. Just before they arrived to the station, they said they saw a woman drive past them at a high rate of speed in a 1989 Honda Accord.

Samantha Cirrincione, 18, of Oxford, was pulled over and charged with reckless driving. She told police the man she was hitting was her boyfriend. Cirrincione was also charged with disorderly conduct for the altercation.

She was released on a $500 non-surety bond and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday at Derby Superior Court. The outcome of her arraignment was not immediately available on Tuesday

It appears as if vandals have once again struck at .

Police say someone stomped on flower beds containing daffodils in front of the school and busted a sign on the property. The incident occurred sometime over the weekend.

Last week, , causing about $200 worth of damage.

Police are actively investigating both cases. Anyone with information is urged to call the Oxford Resident Trooper’s Office at 203.888.4353. All calls will be kept confidential.

Tush March 30, 2012 at 07:31 PM
It is ! Questions is what to do about it and where does responsibility lie: the school? the parents? the kids?
Oxfordian March 30, 2012 at 07:36 PM
It all lies with the kids. They should know not to do it or not, and I can't say 100% sure but I don't think any parent lets their child smoke and drink, so when the kids are doing it the parents don't know. The children need to learn for themselves. The school has much more important things to do than spend resources on these issues.
Kelly Donohue March 30, 2012 at 07:43 PM
High school is a place for educating children to take over the resposiblilities of adulthood; to get ready for the work force. There should be no drinking, doing drugs, sex etc. Period. When you are working, you are not given free reign to drink, smoke and have sex at work; you would be fired. One of the biggest problems I see in the urban high school where I work is lack of parental involvement. If the parents do not/can not educate their children on approprate behaviors and respect for themselves and others by the time they have reached HS, why would you assume a teacher who sees them in class for less than 4 hours a week can do any better. I think it is also naive to think that the students in Oxford are ONLY smoking pot. You need to have dialogue with your kids and you need to set a positive example...having parties with alcohol and/or drugs is just completely unacceptable.
Craig Zac March 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Tush... when you cant find someone to Blame, this is a valid suggestion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxPRHXgYVlk
Oxfordian March 30, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Children don't always listen to their parents. No matter how many times you talk to your child they won't always listen. Its partially up the the child to realize whats good and whats not. The parents can't take the blame for everything there is only so much they can do until it is out of their jurisdiction. Once a child reaches a certain age the ball is in their court to make decisions. (to a point). A parent can only know so much and be so involved.
Tush March 30, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Oxfordian: You are right! That was my whole point that "the school has much more important things to do than spend resources on these issues" However, children don't learn for themselves, unfortunately. Both school and parents should stand together in whatever punishment is set.
Oxfordian March 30, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I think its going to have to come down to the you learn not to touch the stove top after you burn yourself type of lesson.
Kelly Donohue March 30, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I agree, however you can make every effort to model appropriate behavior. Hosting parties for teens to drink is unacceptable and to your point of putting the ball in their court that is what school discipline policies are all about. The students are fully aware of what is acceptable and not; they are also aware of the consequences when rules are broken, so crying foul because pot is an 'acceptable drug' is an illogical argument that is being made by some on this board.
Alex J March 30, 2012 at 08:57 PM
No punishment will solve this problem. The only thing that will solve this problem is if marijuana becomes legalized.... It's 100 times harder to buy alcohol and cigarettes from their locations because ID's have to be checked and licenses are strictly given and followed after. Unless you possess a fake ID or find someone to buy it for you it's nearly impossible to get. Now if weed was legalized and set at a restriction of age 21 like alcohol.... Then it would be harder to get and would be tested for potency and what is in it. That would be the safest and most appropriate action our country could ever take against the war on drugs.
Look At Me I'm Sandra D March 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM
OBAMA SMOKED POT IN HIGHSCHOOL. Seriously, chill out. Kids are kids.
BG69 March 31, 2012 at 04:04 AM
This is ridiculous. Really your saying were not saying your bad kids but yet you all make sure to nit pick at all the bad things. How about looking at the good we all do, for example how we all came together as a community when a fellow classmate tragically passed. No ones perfect so lay off.
Citizen X March 31, 2012 at 09:05 AM
I hope the Oxford High School English Department is reading some of these posts. I don't know whether drugs are a problem in town but grammar & spelling are obviously both issues that need to be addressed.
Paul Singley March 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Please search the name Brandon Giordano in our search module on the homepage - a link to instructions for how to search is located in the banner on the homepage - and see all of the stories we wrote about all the good local teens and the community in general did in light of this tragedy. We had numerous commenters here and on our Facebook page talking about how proud they were of you. Just an FYI...
Kelly Donohue March 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I wouldn't say that you are 'bad kids'. As adults we have all been teens, made mistakes and hopefully learned from them. We've also seen our fair share of people who do not find their right path and what those consequences are. Our job is to share what we have learned with the next generation by putting in procedures and policies to help them along because we care, not because we've written you off as bad, that is not the intent at all. I'm sure you along with the rest of the town would like to keep our schools safe; a place where children can learn and feel comfortable.
Amy March 31, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Dear Dad, I feel sorry for your child.
Youth of Oxford April 01, 2012 at 01:20 AM
"High" expectations. good one
CMG April 03, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Dad just because a kid might travel down the wrong path, doesn't mean they have BAD parents...get a grip. You are very full of yourself.
CMG April 03, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Concerned Mom, you are so right. MANY parents do know and also condone it. I guess they figure because it's on their own property the kids are "safe." Some even purchase the alcohol for these underage kids. Do they have any idea the consequences if one of those drunk kids gets into an accident on the way home from their house? Even if the parents are not home, they are still responsible. Is it really worth losing everything or being responsible for the death of a child? And these kids have the gall to post their drunken pictures on Facebook. Please don't be so ignorant to think that Red Solo Cup always has soda in it.
CMG April 03, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Well said Paul.
CMG April 03, 2012 at 02:05 PM
AJ, I agree. Most parents seem to just turn the other cheek. I am a single mom and it is very important my kids know they can come to me for anything no matter how bad it might be. Their grandparents are the same way. It keeps the lines of communication open and never leaves them to think they have no one to turn to. I am in no way saying or thinking my kids are perfect, because Lord knows they are far from it, but it just shocks me at some of the things they tell me about the young people in our town.
CMG April 03, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I agree with you Tush. The parents are their kids own worst enemy. If your kid does something wrong, then acknowlege it. Stop putting the blame on teachers and schools. Once you do this, the child thinks they can continue to do whatever they want because mommy and daddy are behind them even when they are wrong. That is so wrong and those parents should be ashamed of themselves. My parents raised me the same way Tush. These kids have no respect today, just self-entitlement.
CMG April 03, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Citizen X, most of the time you can tell when a child/student is posting because of the grammer and spelling errors. Very sad.
Ven April 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
We're never going to reach an agreement here. There are some parents and kids who are avidly against smoking pot - and there are some parents who smoke pot with their kids, which is something that's recently come to my attention. While this is a problem in and of itself, that's not what this article was meant to be about, and there's no point in arguing; no one's mind is going to be changed. The way I see it, there is not a "drug problem" in Oxford High School, unless you're among those who feel that the presence of drugs at all is a problem, in which case you're going to have a particularly hard time finding a school that's up your standards. Three kids got arrested; the majority did not. They were stupid and brought it to school and got caught with it. They're not going to stop or change anything because of critical comments on Oxford Patch. To whoever said that the only way to "solve this" is by legalizing marijuana - that would not solve anything. Whether it's legal or not, students can't have it in school, and some people would still disapprove of it anyway. If you're a parent and you disagree with another parent, it doesn't make them irresponsible or wrong. It's ignorant to think that way. Yes, it sucks that these kids had pot in school. But they don't represent the entirity of my high school, and certainly not the teenage population as a whole. And using the fact that someone smokes pot to criticize a person's character is an incredibly shallow thing to do.
Alex J April 04, 2012 at 02:26 PM
CitizenX - do you get some satisfaction from calling kids uneducated because they choose to spell a certain way. We're not dumb we do it on purpose and the way we form sentences doesn't say anything about us as people. Some don't even know how to read yet they grow up to do bigger things, but I'm sorry not everybody is as perfect as you are. So seriously, quit pickin on the kids posting and try actually listening to them. Maybe you'll learn something.
Alex J April 04, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Oh and by the way the editor Paul doesn't like when you question his credibility even though several posts talk about the misinformation within this article. So to anyone thinking of challenging him, don't, he'll just remove the post because he cannot take any critisism. But he feels free to dish it out in return. It's funny how immature older people are, especially those who are continuously saying that they know whats best for us... WHEN YOU DON'T!
Alex J April 04, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Concerned mom - the student who "took weed laced with pcp" was actually stated to be LSD..... BIG difference.... ButtTruth is, the kid took acid tablets and then smoked marijuana.... So don't blame the weed blame the kid for trippin at his own will... None of you know ANYTHING that's REALLY going on haha
Paul Singley April 04, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Thank you, Alex.
Paul Singley April 04, 2012 at 07:06 PM
This is in response to the note (below) which Alex J. posted here. Yes, I emailed Alex J. Yes, I did say in the email that he seems like a well-spoken "dude," which Alex described in his response to me as inappropriate and unprofessional language. I'm sorry, "sir." I also asked if Alex would be interested in sharing his artistic talents - he has some - on a blog on this site (God forbid I offer a kid an opportunity.) Also, I did tell Alex it's inappropriate to call people names on the site, which I try to tell all commenters, and that it takes away from your argument, so please don't do it. And yes, I'm still waiting for you and whoever else says this is not factual information to simply explain what is wrong. Also, please be aware that I want people to have freedom of speech, however, that doesn't necessarily apply here since Patch/AOL is running the site and giving commenters like Alex an opportunity to share their comments. I'm much more lenient on commenters who use their real names, btw. Alex J 4 hours ago Oh and by the way the editor Paul doesn't like when you question his credibility even though several posts talk about the misinformation within this article. So to anyone thinking of challenging him, don't, he'll just remove the post because he cannot take any critisism. But he feels free to dish it out in return. It's funny how immature older people are, especially those who are continuously saying that they know whats best for us... WHEN YOU DON'T!
Craig Zac April 04, 2012 at 07:45 PM
lol Alex, I hear ya... I am 47 YO and spell like a 3 year old... who cares! on the internet, its really not my priority #1 to spell everything perfectly and use correct grammer and sentence structure. if I was writing something with a bit more importance to it, yeah id be sure to spell everything correctly and make sure all my T's were crossed and my I's dotted. Heck, I have to, my wife is a professional Proof reader / Copy editor with a Masters Degree in English. lol
Craig Zac April 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM
yeah, one time he said he was drinking coffee, I said, "Really? because it smells like hot cocoa" and he siad "WELL ITS NOT!!" And he waled off in a huff!! And this was after he told me my hair looked funny.... Grrrrrrrr He'll pay for this! lol,lol,lol,lol.... Seriously though Alex, we dont know whats "Best" for you, but we do know what will happen because we have been there before. So dont look at it as Adults telling you what to do, look at it as someone who has already been through it before, telling you what could / will happen and do with it what you will. Like a person on a bridge with a huge hole in it tries to warn the oncoming cars to stop but they think he's just a moron so they give him the finger and drive right into the hole and fall to their deaths. if only they had stopped when he warned them too.


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