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A video shown to elementary school students during an anti-drug presentation by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy should not have been used on a school campus, a spokesman for the Capistrano Unified School District said on Friday.


Teens are seen smoking salvia in a video that was shown to a group of elementary school students in Laguna Niguel.

The video was played for a group of fifth graders at Laguna Niguel Elementary School about three weeks ago and showed teens taking hits of salvia, a plant leaf that causes temporary hallucinations if smoked.

“This particular video should not have been shown on a school campus,” district spokesman Stephen Nichols said.

The Sheriff’s Department works in tandem with many schools in Orange County on drug prevention, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Sheriff’s Department.

Apparently the deputy warned teachers and students about the content beforehand, but the video — which has been posted to YouTube — still shouldn’t have been shown, Hallock said.

“After review by the Sheriff’s Department, we believe that the deputy did exercise poor judgment in this particular case,” Hallock said.

Courtney Friel reports from Laguna Niguel for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on June 13, 2014.