THE teenagers involved in a drugs scare in East Yorkshire will face public exposure today when they are ordered to tell their classmates about their ordeal.

Two Sixth Form students were excluded from Woldgate College in Pocklington earlier this month, after one of them took the “legal high” drug mephedrone and collapsed.

Head teacher Jeff Bower said yesterday he had thought long and hard about a permanent exclusion, but said the fact the drug was legal, and his drive to let the youngsters learn from their mistake, had persuaded him otherwise.

Instead, the pair were allowed back into school this week, but face several tough conditions including addressing the rest of their year group at a special assembly today, to tell them what happened and what they had learned.

They must also carry out local community service work and undergo drug education work.

Mr Bower said the initial response in the school had been one of “shock”, followed by anger.

He said: “People got a fright because that boy was so ill. Then I think it has gone more towards anger. People are cross at the perception people can link Woldgate with this drug.”

The incident at Woldgate, on January 12, sparked The Press’s Menace Of Mephedrone campaign, which calling for mephedrone to be banned. Currently, it can be sold legally if it is not marketed for human consumption. It is typically sold as plant food, but our campaign calls for its sale to be outlawed all together.

Yesterday, it was reported that a 49-year-old woman in Fife in Scotland had died after taking the drug.