Two Ripon students have been expelled for selling and possessing drugs, according to the Ripon Area School District (RASD).

   The School Board expelled the students in closed session at a meeting Tuesday evening, the district confirmed Wednesday morning.

   “The district takes matters involving drugs at school very seriously and did in this case, resulting in the expulsion of both students,” Superintendent Mary Whitrock said in an email.

   Details of expulsions are not released. It is unclear whether incidents occurred on or off school grounds, or both, as Whitrock stated that the students were expelled for “engaging in conduct while at school ... and/or for engaging in conduct while not at school ...”

   Three students — all for drug-related reasons — now have been expelled this calendar year, although these expulsions are the first in the 2017-18 school year.

   After three students were expelled in 2014-15 and four in 2015-16, only one student was expelled in the 2016-17 session.

   Except for one expulsion that was weapon-related, all students expelled by RASD since the fall of 2014 have been for incidents pertaining to drugs, including paraphernalia, possession and selling.