What are Georgia's state, and local laws and statutes on students caught with drugs in school?

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As most states, Georgia takes a firm stand on drugs in school.  If a student is found to be in possession of, under the influence of, or having be caught selling drugs on school property they are suspended.  This suspension can be temporary or can result in expulsion.  The severity of the punishment depends on the crime.  In Title 20, Chapter 1, Section 23 (20-1-23)  of the laws for the State of Georgia it states:

"Any student of a public educational institution who is convicted, under the laws of this state, the United States, or any other state, of any felony offense involving the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of marijuana, a controlled substance, or a dangerous drug shall as of the date of conviction be suspended from the public educational institution in which such person is enrolled. Except for cases in which the institution has previously taken disciplinary action against a student for the same offense, such suspension shall be effective as of the date of conviction, even though the educational institution may not complete all administrative actions necessary to implement such suspension until a later date. "

Once a student has been suspended they can be referred to a Disciplinary Hearing  Committee and request enrolment in an Alternative school setting.  A student and their families have the right to appeal the school board's decision on alternative school placement.