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Merrill School officials speak out about drug investigation


WAUSAU (WAOW) --  Both Antigo and Merrill school districts are carrying out plans to help students deal with an ongoing drug investigation involving several school district leaders.

Although three people connected to the Merrill School District have not been charged at this time, school officials say they are still taking the necessary steps to provide a safe learning environment.

"You use these moments to teach students. You ask, is this appropriate? How does this make you feel?"The Merrill Area Public Schools Interim Superintendent, Bruce Anderson said. 

 Since cutting ties with three people connected to a major drug investigation, the Anderson says school leaders are handling the situation one day at a time.

"Until the investigation is complete, we don't know what steps we will or won't take," Anderson said. 

Pete Miller a former athletic director, and Tony Crabb, a substitute teacher, along with middle school teacher and coach Jay Peterson, were all identified in a criminal complaint. Investigators say they bought marijuana.

And that has left many students and community members wondering what's next? And Merrill school officials trying to answer all their questions.

"When things come up it is dealt with pretty quickly by the staff to minimize the impact on the day. Because, above all else, we want our students to know school is normal," Anderson explained. 

Antigo elementary school principal and head football coach John Lund has been charged with eight felony drug counts.  That has students and parents in that district voicing concerns.

That's why Antigo school officials say they sent a letter out to every parent, explaining the situation and offering support.  In the letter, school officials say they know it's important that a child feel supported by adults at school. And have people who they can rely on to be positive role models.

School leaders go on to say they have guidance counselors available for students and are prepared to answer any questions, or offer any assistance.

As for Merrill, Anderson says, "we're here to help (students) learn. Sometimes life brings it's own teachable moments and something the whole community has to work through those together."



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