Students React to Drugs at Mesa State

By: Lizz Marrs Email
By: Lizz Marrs Email

An ecstasy bust ended in the arrest of James Gettel and Keeffe Carvelli, and many Mesa State students were surprised that unusual drugs were found on campus.

"Its shocking, but at the same time I guess you could look at them and see they are into that kind of stuff," says Sierra Pickslay, who lived in the dorms and met Dalton Gettel there during her freshman year, "I knew they were trouble makers but i didn't think they were into any of that kind of stuff."

Last night Gettel and Carvelli were arrested on charges of disbtribution of a controlled substance. According to police, they had been told that Gettel was dealing ecstasy while living on campus.
However, this came as a shock to many on campus, who had no idea ecstasy or any hard drug could be found right here at Mesa State.

"Ithought this was a pretty safe campus and Inever thought something like that would happen, " said Cassie Gorrell, another Mesa State Student.

"Ecstasy was a shock to me. I expected there to be drugs but esctasy didn't seem like one that would be prominent, "explained Ariel Selcer who lives in the dorms.

"That does scare me, the fact that we have this and now the GHB bust and the fact that it promotes a promotes a partying atmosphere when it should be an academic atmosphere," says Alison Deshotels who thinks this is taking away from the serious side of school.

But Dana Nunn at Mesa State said she does not believe this situation is a sign of drug problems on campus, "I don't think its a huge issue certainly our crime statistics don't reflect it."

Nunn said the school is working with the grand junction police and the boys' families to resolve the situation in the best possible way.


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