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Suspicion: Israeli high schoolers used drugs in Poland

Police investigating claims that three 11th graders from Herzliya purchased hashish from Polish student, visited death camps under the influence

Police are investigating claims that high school students from Herzliya used drugs during a trip to Poland and took part in a tour of Jewish ghettos and Nazi death camps while under the influence of narcotics, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Sunday.


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According to the investigation, three Israeli students purchased hashish from a Polish student during a meeting meant to bring Polish and Israeli high schoolers closer together.


Investigators suspect the students smoked the hashish at their hotel rooms during the night. During the following day's tour of Jewish ghettos and Nazi concentration camps, the teachers noticed the students were behaving strangely and suspected they had been using drugs. According to another version, other students informed the teachers of their classmates' transgressions.


According to the report, the 11th graders were summoned for questioning by police and some of them admitted to using drugs during the trip. However, due to the fact that the alleged incident took place abroad, the students are not likely to be prosecuted.


"It's unfortunate that Israel Police chose to drag into a criminal investigation a group of normative teenagers over rumors," said Attorney Eyal Ohayon, who is representing one of the teenagers. "The investigation cannot lead to any legal action because the alleged offense took place on Polish soil."


The Herzliya Municipality said: "Each year we send hundreds of students to Poland as part of an extensive educational program that focuses on the Holocaust. It's a shame that a few (negative elements) disgrace this important project."


Adva Cohen, Eitan Glickman and Tamar Trabelsi-Hadad contributed to the report



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