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Wednesday, 7 November, 2001, 10:18 GMT
Pupils expelled over internet ecstasy
The recipe used easily-available ingredients
Four pupils have been expelled from one of Scotland's leading public schools after cooking up home-made ecstasy from a recipe they found on the internet.

The boys had to be taken to hospital following the incident at Glenalmond College, near Perth.

It emerged that the fifth year pupils at the 16,000-a year-school had taken the home-made drugs after they fell ill at the weekend.

Teenage boys will be tempted to experiment and it is a cause of great concern that such information should be on the net

Jeremy Poulter, school spokesman
They had discovered an internet site which gives details on how to cook up an ecstasy substitute.

All four have made a good recovery, but Glenalmond has a clear policy on drugs and immediately expelled the pupils.

School spokesman Jeremy Poulter said: "Teenage boys will be tempted to experiment and it is a cause of great concern that such information should be on the net."

He said that the recipe showed the boys how to produce an ecstasy-type substance from easily available ingredients.

"They had experimented with it. The effects became obvious very quickly and pupils immediately alerted the college medical staff.

Drugs policy

"Mercifully the boys are safe and well and will not suffer any long-term consequences as a result.

"However, we have a clear policy on the taking of drugs and none of the boys will be returning to the college," he said.

Glenalmond College was recently named as one of Scotland's top five schools for GCSE and A level results.

Former pupils include Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane and former Scotland rugby captain David Sole.

The BBC's Robert Nisbet
"All are now paying the price for their extra-curricular activity"
Alan Grant reports
"The boy's had discovered the recipe for ecstasy on an internet site."
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