The students, who are all serving suspensions from classes, were arrested on Friday, April 10 when police, acting on a complaint received from the community set up surveillance at the school and then arrested 25 young people for allegedly smoking and possessing marijuana in the rear parking lot at Amherst Regional High School.

That number was later increased as the investigation continued.

At the time of the bust, a small quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized along with some unknown pills.

While the students qualify for alternative justice, Naylor stressed it should not be viewed as getting a free pass through the justice system because he said criminal prosecution and punishment is not always the answer.

"We don't consider this a lesser option than the courts, but it's a more appropriate option based on the circumstances," said Naylor. "The whole idea of this is trying to change someone's behaviour and sometimes the courts are not the most effective method to use."

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