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Lisbon Parents Claim their Children Were Exposed to Pot on the School Bus

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Some parents are fuming in the midst of allegations that their children were exposed to marijuana on a public school bus. The superintendent in Lisbon, North Dakota has already taken disciplinary action. But in the meantime, many Lisbon parents will be hearing about the situation for the first time right now. Valley News team's Eric Crest traveled to Lisbon to get to the bottom of the story.

Everyday nearly 600 students utilize these buses in Lisbon, North Dakota. Regardless of age all kids hop on the same buses from elementary students all the way to high school kids.

"This is the only moving classroom that we have in which we have all ages in there. Everyone from preschool kids to seniors in high school," says Superintendent Steven Johnson.

But it's what happened on bus number 59 nearly a week ago, that put some kids in hot water and got them suspended.

"I've been in this business for 37 years and I've had situations that have been much worse," admits Johnson.

Neither the Lisbon police or the local sheriffs office would confirm it, but what we're hearing from parents who wish to remain anonymous is that some 8th and 9th grade students were smoking pot on the bus. Right in front of their younger children. The reason why these parents are upset is because their just finding out second hand from their kids.

One parent says "many young kids were exposed to things they shouldn't have been exposed to... I am irate..."

Another parent said "this incident happened last week... I just found out about it last night because my son told me."

The superintendent says while he would like to tell parents everything he knows about the investigation thus far, he just can't because of privacy laws.

"As I said in my memo if through the investigation these behaviors are actually shown to take place. We are not going to tolerate it. If it means expulsion I will use expulsion to the full extent of law and board policy," says superintendent Johnson.

So while parents might be seeking more answers as to what their kids might have been exposed to. The superintendent says they're taking this situation one step at a time.

"It's easy to punish a child. It's more difficult to discipline a child," Johnson adds.

The parents that reached out to us did not want to go on camera because they are concerned about the repercussions for their children who they say witnessed what happened. Within the next day or two all parents with children on the bus in question should receive a letter from the superintendent. We've included a copy of the letter below.

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