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Dad says daughter was wrongly accused of drug use on school field trip

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Derrick Carroll claims to have proof that the Noble Middle School student did not smoke marijuana on a field trip, like her teachers say she did. He wants her record cleared. Derrick Carroll claims to have proof that the Noble Middle School student did not smoke marijuana on a field trip, like her teachers say she did. He wants her record cleared.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A Wilmington dad says his daughter was wrongly accused of using drugs on a field trip to Washington, D.C. Now the father says the school system owes him hundreds of dollars.

Derrick Carroll claims to have proof that the Noble Middle School student did not smoke marijuana on a field trip, like her teachers say she did, and he wants her record cleared.

Carroll says it all started with a phone call during the middle of the night. Teachers said Carroll's daughter was caught smoking weed in the hotel bathroom.

"They told me my child would be suspended for the entire school year unless I drove up there to pick her up and she would only be suspended for 10 days," Carroll said.

So, to avoid the year long suspension, Carroll said he drove 700 miles total, to and from D.C. to bring his daughter home. Upon returning he said he had his daughter drug tested and the results came back negative.

"I'm mad about it, I'm upset about it," Carroll expressed. "When a drug screen is negative and it's clear my daughter didn't do any of that stuff, why are they treating me this way?"

The principal of Noble Middle School cut the suspension from 10 days down to four, after seeing the test results. However, system administrators won't take the results into account to wipe the suspension from his daughter's record.

Carroll says the system owes him more than $700 for gas, meals, and the cost of the field trip that his daughter never enjoyed.

"It's got to the point where I don't even want to send my child back to that school," said Carroll. "I just want my child's name cleared. She was falsely accused."

Carroll filed for his daughter to be transferred to Trask Middle School, but administrators denied his request. They said his daughter could transfer to Holly Shelter Middle School, but Carroll refused.

Moving forward, the school system will review Mr. Carroll's appeal and will reach a decision on his requested reimbursement within the next 45 days.

If he's not granted his money back, Carroll says he plans to hire a lawyer and will consider pressing formal charges.

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