Student cited for banned substance

Maegan Mitchell
Senior Writer

A student was ticketed by KCPD for possession of K2, also known as synthetic marijuana, and has been banned from campus housing.

While patrolling in front of Stark Hall for parking violations, Officer J.H. Lanier came to a vehicle that did not have a proper parking sticker.

Upon circling the vehicle to check for a sticker possibly affixed elsewhere, he came across a sleeping male.

Lanier awoke the student, who was identified as Bradley Q. Fields of Lubbock, and asked if there was anything in the vehicle that he wouldn’t want him to find.

According to the police report, Fields stated he had “marijuana” and then proceeded to reach for a packet of “3G Kush – Anonymous Potpourri.”

It was noted that the packet came from the Glass Dragon Super Store in Longview.

K2 possession is a violation of city ordinance in Kilgore and Longview.

Lanier confiscated the substance, tagged it as evidence and consulted Lt. Tony Means and  Laurence Sabeta, assistant coordinator for student life.

Means instructed Lanier to issue Fields a municipal citation for a city ordinance violation.

Lanier also contacted Kilgore Municipal Court about the possession of K2, resulting in the final charge being “Possession of an Illegal Smoking Substance.”

Campus housing rules have a strict no-drug policy.

“KC in its entirety is a drug-free, gun-free, gang-free campus. KC has a responsibility to enforce the City of Kilgore’s laws,” Sabeta said. “K2 is listed under the drug-free policy and is a municipal violation of the city. If found to be involved with drugs, guns or gangs, the student will be asked to leave campus housing.”

Next to K2 problems, parking is another issue on campus.

It has brought many students and staff complaints. Students feel as though there is not enough parking spots for everyone, thus resulting in them parking in staff or no-parking zones ultimately leading to upset staff members. Incorrect parking is the top citation.

“People want to show up late and park up close,” Means said. “It isn’t logical.”

Means wants all students to know The Back Porch parking lot is KC property and students will not be towed if they use this area.

The Shakespeare Building parking lot, located on the corner of Houston Street and Broadway Boulevard, also has plenty of spaces for students to park.

As for parking in staff parking, most tickets issued to students parking in staff areas are a result of staff members calling in complaints.

“If there is golden or fluorescent paint on the spot, you as a student probably don’t belong there,” Means said. “That is my number one piece of advice.”

Students need to arrive early enough to park up close or to have enough time to walk to class.

When the parking lots aren’t being used during school hours, they aren’t always empty.

Another campus security issue is students loitering in parking lots too close to housing areas.

“Curfew is 11 p.m. around the housing areas and the adjacent parking lots. No students are allowed there after that time,” Means said. “If you feel like you need to hang out, you can go to the tennis court parking lot, the band hall parking lot or the mall area between the L.A. Building and the library.”

KCPD predicts this semester’s level of crime-related activity will be lower than past semesters. They believe students are more willing to listen to authority and comply with campus rules.

At one point, Means and other officers felt they had to enforce their authority by repeatedly asking students to follow the campus rules, but this semester, they believe as though they haven’t had to do so.

“I want to have a good and safe semester. I want students to feel safe and to know that anyone can come to KCPD and ask for help with anything, police-related or not,” Means said. “I want the police department to be the solution, not the problem.”