School Dean's Pot Sting Costs District $1M

Seventh-grader used as a decoy, with no police or parental consent
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2011 3:54 PM CDT
An ill-advised sting ended up costing the Los Angeles Unified School District $1 million.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A convoluted plan hatched by a school dean to catch a student suspected of dealing drugs ended up costing the Los Angeles Unified School District $1 million, the L.A. Times reports. The dean, Laura Custodio, found out from a 12-year-old boy that another student had offered to sell him drugs. The 12-year-old was scared because the alleged drug dealer flashed gang signs, but he agreed when Custodio asked him to act as a decoy.

After he bought some pot, administrators alerted school district police, who turned the case over to the LAPD when they learned about the student decoy—used without his parents' or police consent. His scared family now wants to move out of the district; unless it is appealed, the $1 million award could enable them to do that.

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