, Newburyport, MA

February 8, 2013

Girl, 13, has .12 blood alcohol level at school

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — AMESBURY — An intoxicated 13-year-old middle school student was transported to Anna Jaques Hospital Wednesday afternoon after telling the school nurse she felt ill, according to local police.

By the time police arrived at the Main Street school around noon, the female student and one of her parents were inside the school nurse’s office. Police conducted a blood alcohol test there and determined the student had a blood alcohol level of 0.12. The legal drinking while driving limit is 0.08.

Amesbury police Lt. Jeffrey Worthen said the student admitted she had drunk earlier that day and had brought a container of flavored vodka to school. As a precaution, the student, who told authorities her head felt like it was spinning, was transported to the Highland Avenue hospital, where she was examined and released.

As a result, the student was issued a summons for person under 21 in possession of alcohol. Responding to the call were officers Larry Bybee and Jonathan Morrill. Phone calls to Amesbury Middle School authorities and School Superintendent Michele Robinson were not immediately returned.

Worthen said per the school’s memorandum of understanding with the police department, authorities there called police once the student reported drinking at the school.

Worthen added that such occurrences at the school are rare.