Del Oro teen charged with intoxication while at school

Officials say zero tolerance enforced when comes to drugs, alcohol on campus
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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An intoxicated student at Del Oro High School serves as a cautionary story about why not to drink and go to class. A 15-year-old female was reported intoxicated and vomiting in the office at Del Oro High School at about 10 a.m. Monday morning, according to emergency personnel reports over the radio scanner. The female reportedly drank vodka that morning, but officials did not know how much, the dispatcher radioed over airwaves. Placer Sheriff Sgt. Brian Whigam confirmed reports that a juvenile at Del Oro was intoxicated and medical emergency personnel were requested to check on her well-being. “She was medically cleared and released to her father,” Whigam said. Whigam said Placer Sheriff’s deputies responded. He said the Sheriff’s Office will submit a report to the Placer County Probation Department and the District Attorney’s Office on charges of public intoxication. Whigam added that the school resource officer Ryan Berry said all high schools in Placer County have a no-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol. Whigam added that school’s administrators are “consistent with holding their students accountable.” Assistant Principal Jeff Tooker added that the school enforces the education code’s zero-tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol possession or consumption on campus. He declined to comment on the details of the juvenile’s case. “We work hard to keep our schools as safe as possible for all kids,” Tooker said. “When something like this happens we use it as a learning opportunity because sometimes teenagers like to be teenagers.” The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at or post a comment.