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Drinking and dancing may lead to a ban at Exeter High


EXETER - The days of school dances at Exeter High School are over - at least for now.

Police and school officials continue to investigate allegations of alcohol and possible drug use at Friday night's "March Madness" dance, which resulted in the arrests of two teenagers and sent another girl to the hospital.

Superintendent Michael Morgan said the one remaining dance planned for this school year has been cancelled, but the junior and senior proms will still be held.

Morgan admitted that school dances next year could now be in jeopardy.

"Could the dances be banned next year? Yes, they could. What we're saying is they're postponed indefinitely," he said Tuesday.

Ryan Sullivan, 17, of Hampton, and Meghan LaPierre, 17, of East Kingston, face charges of possession of alcohol by a minor. Five other students were also allegedly involved in the incident, but police Detective Sgt. Stephan Poulin said police have made no additional arrests. The incident remains under investigation, he said.

Police have also said that not all of the students involved were from Exeter High School.

The incident may be discussed at a school board meeting next Tuesday, but Morgan said it's more of an issue for the school administrators to address.

Morgan said the administration is still finalizing its investigation and is looking for other ways to address the issue of student drinking and drug use at school functions and non-school events.

"It's certainly a social issue and I think we need to look at it, not only in Exeter High School. It's certainly something that's been around for a long, long time and I think we always have to realize that we have a different group of students and we need to work with them as much as we can," he said.

School officials haven't decided whether to hold a school assembly to address the issues.

"We're certainly acknowledging the seriousness of the whole thing," Morgan said.

jschreiber@newstote.com

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