A Jackson Hole High School student was arrested after police said he provided drugs to middle school students.

Steven Bailey, 18, is charged with three counts of felony delivery.

The Jackson Police Department investigation started last week when staff members at Jackson Hole Middle School reported to police that marijuana, edibles and LSD were found in a locker.

Four 13-year-old boys were cited and their parents were notified, Jackson Police Lt. Roger Schultz said.

On Thursday, police secured an arrest warrant and picked Bailey up when he was on his way to school. He was released Friday on an unsecured bond.

Jackson Hole Middle School Principal Matt Hoelscher sent an email to parents Tuesday.

“Dear JHMS families, we take the safety and security of our schools very seriously,” he wrote. “While we are committed to ensuring the privacy of our students, we also feel it is important to be as open and transparent with families as possible. It is within this light that I write to inform you that over the last few days we have been addressing some inappropriate student choices related to controlled substances. A small group of students were involved and we have quickly addressed the issue, working with local law enforcement and other community agencies to ensure our school is a safe and healthy place for all students to learn.”

Teton County School District information coordinator Charlotte Reynolds said she couldn’t comment on the case.

“We certainly understand that parents would like all the information,” Reynolds said. “We’ve provided what we can because we wanted to be as transparent as possible with parents and let them know there was an incident.”

She also wouldn’t say what disciplinary action will be taken.

Hoelscher told parents in his email to talk to their kids about making good decisions.

“We encourage you to talk to your student about making healthy choices,” he said. “Lastly, we remind students, if you see something, say something — our teachers, administrators and other trusted adults are always available to support our students.”

Police would not release any further information because the case is still ongoing.

— Tom Hallberg contributed reporting to this story.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please note: Online comments may also run in our print publications.
Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Please turn off your CAPS LOCK.
No personal attacks. Discuss issues & opinions rather than denigrating someone with an opposing view.
No political attacks. Refrain from using negative slang when identifying political parties.
Be truthful. Don’t knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be proactive. Use the “Report” link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with us. We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts or history behind an article.
Use your real name: Anonymous commenting is not allowed.