CRIME
12/13/2013 02:10 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Teen Student Injected 15-Year-Old Classmate With Heroin: Police

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A 17-year-old high school student was arrested in New York this week after the teen allegedly injected a classmate with heroin.

State police responded to a report of a 15-year-old student under the influence of heroin at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, the Times Union reports. Another student, Daniel Lewis, was found to be in possession of the drug and hypodermic needles.

Lewis was arrested and charged with criminal injection of a narcotic drug, possession of a controlled substance, child endangerment and possession of hypodermic needles, police said.

In a statement on its website, the school revealed that the administration received a report of two students exchanging pills in the locker room. Upon questioning, one of the students said "they also engaged in the use of liquid heroin."

"We understand that this incident will be alarming for many parents. While it is our belief that the majority of our students make good decisions, there is no doubt that some students use drugs," the statement read. "It is important for parents to know that we look to use this as a teachable moment, not only here at school, but hopefully reinforced by parents at home about the dangers of drugs, particularly addictive drugs, such as heroin."

Lewis is currently being held at Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail. The 17-year-old is due in court next week.

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