L-S Student Strikes Detective, School Official During Drug Arrest (Updated 2:48 p.m.)

The following arrest information was supplied by the Sudbury Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

A Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School official and a Sudbury Police detective were injured Thursday afternoon after a student was found with marijuana in one of the bathrooms.

According to Lt. Robert Grady, the department received a call from the high school at about 12:50 p.m. regarding a possible drug violation at the East House.

When detectives Wayne Shurling and Stephanie Howe arrived, a school official was in the bathroom with Khalil Chambers, who was heard screaming.

Grady said school officials had to clear the hallway as students began to gather.

After Shurling and Howe entered the bathroom, they attempted to take the 17-year-old Chambers into custody for disorderly conduct and disturbing a school assembly.

"As they approached Chambers, he became more disorderly," Grady said. "He was observed throwing several Ziploc bags and green, leafy substances fell from his pockets."

It was determined by Shurling the substance was marijuana.

Detectives then told Chambers he was under arrest and attempted to handcuff him. But despite numerous verbal commands, Chambers pulled away, according to Grady, and began to fight with school officials and Howe. Howe was struck in her face and had a necklace ripped off, causing several scratches, Grady said.

A school official was also injured when a bathroom stall door struck his hand.

Chambers, who lives at 71 Wildwood St., Boston, faces numerous charges including:

  • Assault and battery on an officer
  • Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (door)
  • Defacing property
  • Resisting arrest
  • Disturbing a school assembly
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Possession of a class D substance with intent to distribute
  • Drug violation near a school.

Chambers was bailed out at 7:30 p.m. and was scheduled to be arraigned at Framingham District Court on Friday.

Lincoln-Sudbury Superintendent/Principal Scott Carpenter said due to school policy he could not comment on whether Chambers has been expelled.

"It’s sufficient to say the high school takes this quite seriously," he told Sudbury Patch.

siobhan hullinger February 28, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Reading through all the posts, I have a few comments. a) It is not racist to question a program that is paid for by others if there are disturbances. Bringing illegal substances into a school is a choice. Participating in the METCO program is a choice - whether through the parent or participant. Selling illegal substances is an additional choice. Choices have consequences and risks that you accept when you engage in the behavior. b) There is no doubt that the pupils who are residents participate in the same behavior, however, they are residents. The METCO program is an opportunity given to those outside the district that should not be taken lightly. c) I support the METCO program but not on a lottery basis. I think opportunities should be given to those who show the desire to want it not because they were born into a registration by a parent. However, I would do the same if I was a METCO parent in it's current structure. We all want the best for our children and if I was in deficient school district, I would certainly sign my children into the METCO program. c) I am a little shocked that student bathrooms aren't regularly monitored after the stabbing. It is, in my opinion, a safety issue considering what was lost. d) the student took the risk, and when caught, should have surrendered calmly e) You do not need a warrant - it is a public school and it appears from the comments above that there was prior knowledge as well as other instances with this student
siobhan hullinger February 28, 2012 at 07:43 PM
This student put everyone in the METCO program at risk. It's a shame that there hasn't been any comment from a student or parent in the program, comment about this. Defending someone who brings a stigma to your own participation, certainly requires some dissappointment - no? The program is beneficial to both sides, in my opinion, and this student has put a dramatic and unfortunate black mark on the totality of it's participants. The taxpayers are not to blame. The administration is not to blame. The police are not to blame. The METCO program is not to blame. THIS STUDENT IS TO BLAME. He took the risk. He made the choice.
GoBlue February 28, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Some of you clearly don't understand how the Metco program works...The City of Boston pays LS and any other Metco host school a defined dollar amount per student...Rest assured no Suburban tax payer dollars are going towards funding Metco...Frankly it should be the people of Boston that are up in arms as their tax dollars are going to enhance schools systems that already have far superior resources while the masses of children in Boston are left to deal with crumbling infrastructure and an overall poor school system...On average, the typical Metco student will never utilize the tax dollars paid for them to attend Metco schools, given the time constraints and other barriers...The "Fix" here is a much larger issue and those of you that think these transplants from Boston are some how corrupting your children...lets just say you should all have some very frank talks with your children.Framingham Flyers Class of '93
Someonelike you February 28, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Not all kids are like this, so you shouldn't say this about all of the Metco kids make these choices so don't think you are wasting you money on a project that is given a bad rep. by one stupid situation
Enuff February 29, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Joe The Plumber, There is no measurable benefits. This is a "feel good" program which is extremely costly to the taxpayers. Also, it compounds the problem of already overcrowded classrooms yet we "invite" out ot town students into the school system. It makes no sense, which is why the overrides continue to get shot down year after year.
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Truth, that's not the point. We pay a lot of money allow the METCO students to come out to school here, and we are being repaid with these types of actions. The idea behind METCO is that we are providing a better atmosphere for our children by providing a more racially diverse population, unfortunately this no longer seems to be a bettered environment. How do we go about ending METCO in Sudbury?
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 09:47 PM
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Our children just don't receive money as a birthright. Their parents worked hard to get an education and continue to work hard everyday to provide the best for their children.
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 09:51 PM
This may be true, but we are paying a lot of money to allow METCO students to come to this school. Perhaps, this money could instead go to increased education and awareness of issues involved with drug use. If METCO students, do not want to represent the best of their community, then we really can't continue to have them out here.
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Truth, does it matter how much you assault and officer? I try to think anything is the vicinity of assault/battery should be punished.
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Freefifty, how much do you pay in taxes to the town of Sudbury? Is this how you want your tax dollars spent?
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 09:58 PM
They suspected him of drug possession because he had drugs on him. What he did was wrong, and the police and administration acted in an appropriate manner to respond to these issues. Freefifity, are you suggesting we should just allow drugs in our schools?
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 09:59 PM
how do we stop the METCO program?
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM
This is not just one incident with the METCO program. This issue is that we pay A LOT of money into the METCO program. While, drug use may not change if we get rid of the program, the program should not be representing children selling drugs, at all, not even one student.
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM
You can call us stuck up, if you want to, but we pay a lot of money in taxes and we are just trying to provide a safer environment for our children. Any money spent on METCO should be going to drug education programs.
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM
GoBlue, clearly you don't understand how the METCO program works. Boston does pay Sudbury per METCO student, but the rate they pay is not nearly the cover the cost of a student attending LS. We have to cover the difference. Just one incident like this more than utilizes the money paid per METCO student.
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM
We work hard so that we can live in Sudbury and have our children attend quality schools. We pay relatively inexpensive car insurance in Sudbury. The car insurance in Boston is expensive because cars get stolen in Boston.
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM
It's not about while vs. METCO. It's about where our tax dollars are going. We just can't afford to be paying for programs like this.
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM
This is not about racism. It's about tax dollars and Sudbury families barely making it in this economy. We just can't afford this program any longer. If Boston paid the same kind of tax rate that we pay, then they could provide a more quality education.
ajt618 February 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM
How do we get rid of the program?
Senior March 01, 2012 at 02:13 AM
It is so ignorant and racist to say that the drug trade is only due to the METCO students. Just as many if not more local LS students sell drugs which they obtain from Framingham and other towns than the METCO kids. It is a phase of being a teenager, not a matter of income and race. More METCO kids take advantage of the opportunity they are given here at LS than those who choose to waste it (like in any bunch of teens!) Just because one METCO student made a bad choice it becomes headline news, but when a local white kid gets arrested for drug possession or selling, like what happened the day after, it doesn't create such a stir. As a senior from Sudbury I can say that it is a privilege to work/learn with METCO students everyday in classes. In my Psychology class last year the subject was mentioned about the pros and cons to METCO and an overwhelming response from the class was that METCO was beneficial to their learning. Aren't we trying to prepare our students for the real world? Why keep them in this bubble. You're kids are drinking and smoking, it's part of life.
Senior March 01, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I think that if any of us were put in Khalil's situation then we too would be scared. It is instinct to respond when someone grabs you. The whole assault with a weapon (door) is bogus. It was wrong to resist arrest, but that doesn't mean that all METCO students are law-breaking felons who are giving your students bad ideas that will lead them down a road of drugs and illicit behavior.
Senior March 01, 2012 at 02:21 AM
AJT618, that may be true that you and your generation did work hard to get your kids into the best school system in MA and to live in a wealthy area, and like my parents I congratulate you. But as a student at LS all my friends receive allowances. Teens here are just handed money instead of going out and getting a part time job. This is what Messiah is saying, is that LS families give their kids money without earning it.
Samantha Hammel March 01, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Joe & AJT: I encourage you to read Jed's post above. Here are some highlights: To be sure, the METCO program enriches the lives, broadens the “world view,” and gives opportunity to the students who are a part of it. But make no mistake, the same can be said about the effect that the METCO program has on the students who live in this community as well. METCO represents hope. It represents a line in the sand drawn by those who know that though it isn’t always easy, bringing young people together from different areas is the best way for us to move forward as a human race.
gary cole March 01, 2012 at 03:52 AM
You guys are so close minded the weed came from sudbury from your rich kids I know exactly who you are so racist he didn't even get caught with a one hundreth of how much these other kids are holding that are white people who play sports its profiling he was harassed the past year and finally couldn't handle the racsism its disgusting your kids are the ones doing prescription pankillers and other stuff worse every single one of your kids too no matter what you think your kid has probably either gotten pot for the metco students because we supply them you idiots
LS student March 02, 2012 at 02:33 AM
That is a very hurtful thing to say: "to 'invite' METCO students into the community." METCO students are kids trying to receive a better opportunity and gain a great education. There may be some METCO students who do take advantage of their opportunity to learn at LS, but they are great people and friends. So please don't judge all METCO students and disrespect them, because they make LS a better place. - An LS student who is NOT a part of the METCO program.
LS student March 02, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Sudburytoo There should never be an end to METCO. It is an amazing program that gives kids opportunities to succeed. Would you like an opportunity like that to be taken away from you? They are deserving of this program, and you are being extremely judgmental, assuming that all METCO kids act the same way. There are METCO students that refuse to drink and smoke, and plenty of resident students who leave campus everyday in their cars to go smoke weed and drive around. Trust me, I know because I see it everyday at LS. METCO kids make LS a different and much better place. -An LS student who is NOT from METCO
LS student March 02, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Can you just imagine how the METCO students at LS must feel reading all of these comments? Every person who is protesting against the METCO program is extremely close minded and selfish. You are providing opportunities for kids to receive a better education and be successful. There are METCO students who take advantage of it, but many METCO students who do not. Resident students take advantage of their opportunities that they receive at LS. They are the ones who leave campus during school to smoke weed and drive around in their cars. I see it happen everyday. Everyone who wants the METCO program to end is terrible. You are all attempting to stop a program that is so beneficial to many kids! Don't you feel good about yourself that you are helping kids get a better education and allowing them to receive such amazing opportunities? There are many METCO students who go to college and receive scholarships because of the sports programs and music programs at LS. Why be selfish and just help your own children succeed? METCO is a thriving program that is needed and makes a huge difference. So please don't be so close minded and think the METCO program is a waste, because you have no idea. It is amazing and you should be proud to be helping kids succeed and learn to better themselves and make better choices. Most of the METCO students are incredible people. -An LS student who is not from METCO
Samantha Hammel March 02, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Joe (if that is your real name): Why do we need "measurable benefits" for the program? You obviously didn't understand that I wasn't attempting to answer your question but merely giving you a kinder perspective.
Samantha Hammel March 02, 2012 at 03:56 AM
@Joe: How dare you say "Sudbury kids have no idea what racism is." While Sudbury is a relatively ethnically homogeneous town there are some who have indeed experienced racism first hand. Just because you haven't been discriminated against for the color of your skin does not mean others in this town have not.


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