Police: Shen student injected heroin into 15-year-old

Posted at: 12/13/2013 9:03 AM
Updated at: 12/13/2013 6:05 PM
By: Dan Bazile

Daniel Lewis
Daniel Lewis
Photo: New York State Police

CLIFTON PARK – Daniel Lewis, 17, of Clifton Park, was supposed to be in physical education class, according to Shenendehowa district officials. But authorities said instead, the Shen student was engaging in drug activity right inside the high school on Thursday.

"This issue is alarming to us as a school," said Dr. Robinson.

Dr. Robinson said it was first reported by a student to an administrator that kids were exchanging pills, and it all pointed to Lewis and a 15 year-old student.

"Upon investigation and interviewing the two students, it was discovered that not only pills were exchanged but pills were also taken by the students," Robinson said.

That led to the admission of the use of what is described is liquid heroin. Police said Lewis was the one who injected the drug into the 15 year-old with a hypodermic needle. He was charged with criminal injection of a narcotic drug and endangering endangering the welfare of a child. Robinson said the 15 year-old was a willing participant.

"The two students actually pre-arranged to meet and do so unfortunately the situation manifested the way it is," he said.

Robinson added that while this is a very serious situation, there are 3,200 kids at the high school. He said this was an isolated incident and that it was the first case of heroin use by a student at the school. He hopes it will be the last.

"We will continue to use this again as a teachable moment to remind kids that making bad choices is something that's not acceptable," Robinson said.

There's also an ongoing campaign at Shen against drugs and alcohol. Robinson hopes parents will use this opportunity to have a conversation with their children about the dangers of drugs.