Dec 8, 2009 8:58 PM by David Ortiviz

Cop removed from school, administrator on leave after cheerleaders caught drinking

A school resource officer has been removed from Centennial High School. Pueblo Police say the officer caught three cheerleaders drinking alcohol at the school and didn't write them a ticket. Now, an administrator may also be in hot water.

News First 5 has learned an administrator at Centennial High has been put on paid leave in regards to the situation. Pueblo City Schools says its investigating whether the administrator failed to properly report the underage drinking.

The three cheerleaders were caught drinking at school on November 20. Deputy Chief Mike Bennett with the Pueblo Police Department says the school resource officer should have written the cheerleaders a ticket, but failed to do so. The police department pulled the officer out of the school and re-assigned him to patrol duty.

Meanwhile, the school district say the administrator remains under investigation. "I really can't speak to the details, it is an internal investigation of how the matter was handled. That is the point of reference that our office is investigating," said Patricia Gonzalez the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Pueblo City Schools.

The school district says it has a zero tolerance policy for alcohol on school property.

Also, the police department says there is no room for discretion in these matters--students caught drinking alcohol must be ticketed. Another school resource officer has been assigned to the high school.

The three cheerleaders were suspended and received citations from the police department.


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