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All of upper-crust Philadelphia — my home town — is abuzz with the news of a major drug bust in one of the most elite prep schools in the area. Apparently, two recent graduates of the Haverford School, located on the Main Line in Philadelphia (where The Philadelphia Story was set), ran an illicit drug conspiracy to a number of local schools, including their alma mater. Police confiscated drugs and a number of weapons.
The roundup was the end of a four-month investigation into the ring that began after authorities received a tip. Search warrants executed at nine different locations turned up 8 pounds of marijuana, 3 grams of hash oil, 23 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of MDMA, more than $11,000 in cash, a loaded AR-15 assault rifle, a loaded 9mm pistol, gun ammunition, eight cellphones and two cars.
I went to Haverford’s arch-rival school, Episcopal Academy. In the spirit of elitist prep school rivalry, I had two thoughts:
1. Unlike Episcopal, Haverford has refused to go co-ed. It is still all boys … which is why the students needed all those drugs.
2. The new headmaster of Haverford, John Nagl, is a retired Army lieutenant colonel, an Iraq war veteran, and one of the major figures behind the counterinsurgency doctrine that underpinned the surge in Iraq. He eventually became the head of an influential defense think tank in Washington, D.C. People wondered why he would leave the beltway to run a prep school. Now we know. If only all of our latter-day Pattons were available to put down drug conspiracies in all of our schools.