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Obama Girls' School in Drug, Sex Scandal

The private school is under fire after a report reveals that 71% of students attend drug- and booze-fueled parties.

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By Chrisanne Grise

09/12/12

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Barack and Michelle Obama reportedly shell out $70,000 a year to send daughters Malia and Sasha to private school, but they're reportedly growing concerned about their investment. Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC—where Malia is a freshman and Sasha is in sixth grade—is under fire after a report in the school newspaper revealed that 71% of students there admit going to parties with drugs and alcohol, and 25% of the senior boys admitted to boozing. “I have seen kids snorting coke, smoking pot, getting high and boozing,” says one former student about the rumors. “There's huge money at the school and the older kids host parties at their private residences. Many of them live in big mansions in Washington, or in affluent suburbs where drugs and booze are common.” A graduate of the school was recently arrested for possession of cocaine and ecstasy with intent to supply.

Sidwell isn't the only private school dealing with increasing drug use. A recent report from the National Center on Addiction and Substances Abuse at Columbia University found that 54% of private school students say drugs are rampant at their schools—that figure's up from just 36% in 2011. In addition, Sidwell is also currently facing a $10 million lawsuit over staff psychologist James Huntington, who allegedly had an affair with the married mother of a 5-year-old student he was counseling. “Certainly the trouble at the school has upset both Barack and Michelle,” an Obama family insider says. “Some friends have suggested the girls be tutored privately at the White House, but the Obamas are keen to have the girls' educational experience be as normal as possible. They don’t want them home-schooled.”

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