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Student passes drug test but charged with smelling like marijuana

Garner High School sophomore Jakayla Johnson (Photo Credit: Facebook/Jakayla Johnson )

Garner High School sophomore Jakayla Johnson (Photo credit: Facebook/Jakayla Johnson )

A Black student at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina, was subjected to a humiliating experience. According to sophomore Jakayla Johnson, she was in her Chinese language class when a school resource officer interrupted the class. The officer stated that they smelled marijuana in the hallway and singled her out. The officer searched the classroom and found nothing. It was then that they came to Jakayla and told her to spread her fingers out and smelled them.

She was then taken out of the classroom to the school office and patted down and her belongings searched,. The officer found no marijuana on the student but she was still punished. Shockingly, Jakayla was charged with possession of marijuana. According to documents from the Wake County School District released to media, “It was explained to Jakayla that for her hands to smell so pungently of marijuana she would have to have possessed it in her hands at some recent point in time.”

Jakayla received a five-day suspension and is required to take drug classes or face suspension for the rest of the year. Her mother, Tameka Johnson, was outraged and knew the school had made a mistake. She even went so far as to take Jakayla to a drug testing lab and had a drug and alcohol test administered, which came back negative. Johnson took the results to the school and wanted an apology and to have her daughter readmitted to class. But the school was unrelenting and presented her with a document that says Jakayla was charged with possession. When Johnson asked how that was possible since she supposedly smelled like marijuana but no drugs were found, the school responded that there was no box for smelling like marijuana so the possession box was checked. Now Tameka Johnson fears that this charge will stay on her daughter’s academic record. They must appeal the decision to the school board; however, school ends on May 18, 2016, and Jakayla has fallen behind in studies and testing.

 




32 Comments

  1. Jason on May 9, 2016 at 10:34 am

    White Supremacy – turning the smiles of beautiful Black children into frowns every day. Some of you need to realize that it is past time to get your kids out of these viper’s nest of white supremacy.

    • Jae on May 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Just start homeschooling mine!!!

      • Jason on May 11, 2016 at 10:22 am

        Congrats to you, and here is a site you might be interested in run by a black woman who believes and practices home schooling:

        http://www.theblackhomeschool.com/

        • Jae on May 11, 2016 at 10:31 am

          You are so sweet!!!! Thank you!

          • Jason on May 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

            **JJ Evans voice*** I knooooowww



      • Graham Houghton on May 15, 2016 at 10:11 pm

        Good for you. Best thing we did with ours and they’ll love you for it. Best of luck.

  2. Chuck on May 9, 2016 at 11:22 am

    The mother should have also found out why her daughter’s hands smelled of dope.

    • Jason on May 9, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Ever heard of innocent until PROVEN guilty? No drugs were found on her person or in her system. I guess some of you have to find a way to keep the ole’ school to prison pipeline filled.

      • Chuck on May 10, 2016 at 12:18 pm

        OK.. But, the mother should have also found out why her daughter’s hands smelled of dope.

        • Jason on May 10, 2016 at 6:40 pm

          I am sure that first thing she asked her daughter if she was in fact handling marijane. Assuming parental incompetence in this case is a bad look for you. Something tells me that a mother willing to take her child for drug screening is not the type that believes everything that comes from the kid’s mouth.

          Some of you just can’t help but to side with the white supremacists and coons.

        • bnasty on May 11, 2016 at 9:37 am

          Your premise is faulty…there is no credible evidence that her hands smelled like dope…only the word of the institution that falsely checked the drug possession box…even though she did not physically possess any drugs.

    • isaboutu on May 10, 2016 at 3:11 am

      Dumbass.

    • Cici on May 10, 2016 at 12:50 pm

      There’s no test for a smell. You sound as ridiculous as whatever school administrators suspended this girl. No drugs on her person, no drugs in her system equals no charges. End of story.

      • Chuck on May 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm

        Dummy, I never mentioned a test for smell. Quote “the mother should have also found out why her daughter’s hands smelled of dope.”

        • Cici on May 10, 2016 at 1:08 pm

          I never said you mentioned a test for smell. I guess in addition to being ridiculous you are also unable to read and comprehend.

          • Chuck on May 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm

            “There’s no test for a smell.” You sound as ridiculous as whatever school
            administrators suspended this girl. No drugs on her person, no drugs in
            her system equals no charges. End of story. You are a moron, who should have been aborted. Get off of the net, posing as a Bully. Stop it, already. You are a true ignorant person.



          • Shalove2 on May 12, 2016 at 8:40 am

            Ah Chuck, you’re the one who is the internet bully not Cici.



    • uncontainable_spirit on May 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      You’re assuming that her hands actually smelled of cannabis. A few key things here. No one actually knows that her hands smelled of anything, we are taking the word of a member of a system that is designed to protect itself even in the face of evidence that it is incorrect. Every shred of evidence that is concrete says that not only did this young woman not ingest or inhale any illegal substance but that she also did not handle any either. The individual smelled whatever it was that he or she smelled in the hallway, chose a room to enter and searched the room and found nothing, arbitrarily picked this young woman out of a crowd and searched her person and found nothing. Were she in the presence of cannabis not only would have hands have smelled of it, her clothing and her hair would have too but since the focus is on the hands, it’s highly probable that the person whose word you are relying upon to support the humiliation of this child has been proven to be unreliable. Nice try though.

      • NeonDisease on May 11, 2016 at 4:27 pm

        Exactly, I would love to see the school produce evidence or proof that the girl’s hands smell like weed.

        The claims of a witness don’t count because people can lie, I want actual physical evidence that her hands had the smell of cannabis on them

  3. Rainmaker on May 9, 2016 at 11:36 am

    This is BS and unfortunately still happening, particularly in the South in smaller towns. Some rednecks are really living in the 100 year old past and subjugate black folk to 2nd class treatment continuously. and some blacks who have grown up in theses places don’t even recognize how badly they’re being treated until some “major” incident happens.

    • Shalove2 on May 12, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Garner is a suburb of Raleigh/Durham and not a small southern town but a suburb of a metropolis within commuting distance of Duke and UNC universities and the Research Triangle which houses multinational banking institutions as well as IBM. They know better.

  4. Vaughnj TheChameleon on May 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Lawsuit….

    • Ron Mack on May 10, 2016 at 10:37 am

      YEP! Sounds bout right to me

    • NeonDisease on May 10, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Too bad any lawsuit will be paid by the innocent taxpayers, not the retarded cops or school admins who arrested this girl for possessing cannabis when they acknowledge she didn’t possess any cannabis.

      If I didn’t know better, I’d say the school/cops are TRYING to get sued!!!

      • Bethie41 on May 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm

        I question how innocent some North Carolinians are nowadays when you see who they elect /s/

  5. Afotey Annum on May 9, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    “..She was then taken out of the classroom to the school office and patted down and her belongings searched,. The officer found no marijuana on the student but she was still punished. Shockingly, Jakayla was charged with possession of marijuana. According to documents from the Wake County School District released to media, “It was explained to Jakayla that for her hands to smell so pungently of marijuana she would have to have possessed it in her hands at some recent point in time.”

    What in the entire racist hell?!?!?!?

  6. Ron Mack on May 10, 2016 at 10:35 am

    So where is the Department of Justice, since they are so focused on North Carolina? Where is Loretta Lynch (Lynch, what’s in a name) on this issue?. How in the SAM HELL do you charge someone for smelling like marijuana who passed a drug test? Come on Ms Lynch. Or are you just concern about grown men wearing lip stick being allow to use the girls bathroom

  7. Cici on May 10, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    This is insane. They are going to hurt this young girls future for a supposed smell. I hope this mom can afford a good lawyer and sue the crap out of the school system. Maybe a good lawyer will read this and call her up to represent them for free. This is the type of injustices that should piss everyone off.

    • NeonDisease on May 10, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      I’m quite curious how disrupting her education is supposed to benefit the child?

  8. NeonDisease on May 10, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    How exactly does the state intend to prove the charge of possession beyond a reasonable doubt when absolutely no cannabis was found in her possession?

  9. Dominique Brown on May 10, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    I know her mother and her personally and I’ve never met a sweeter, mature, more responsible young lady. She steps on Garner step team and she is the head coach for her community step team. She is very active in her community, and attends the community “Justice Served” meetings every Monday day night. She participates in all thing’s positive and helps clean up the community neighborhoods. This is ridiculous and a lawsuit for defamation of character. I hope everyone envoled in hurting this young lady is punished.