China’s hardest rocking private school was the subject of a late night drug raid by police on Wednesday with 16 students failing their drug tests and being taken into custody.
Beijing’s Midi School of Music is famous as the country’s first modern music school and for the hosting its annual Midi Music Festival, one of China’s largest rock music festivals that has expanded into multiple cities across the country.
Following complaints by residents, police showed up at this hallowed institute and got some 300 students, aged 18 to 20 years old, to pee into cups for testing. 16 of those came out dirty, according to Sina News.
The school’s principal Zhang Fan said that the students are subject to a strict code of conduct that does not even allow smoking in the dorms (Rock & Roll!). He was disappointed, but told reporters that if his students were experimenting with marijuana then education would be preferable to punishment. “Music is the best medicine,” he added.
In a statement, school officials said that the police have found that the 16 students are all first-time offenders and have apologized for their mistakes. They should be able to return to school in a few days, according to China.org.cn.
However, if any of these kids ever grow up to be a music star, they won’t get off quite so easily. Performers are often blacklisted following drug charges. The Shanghai government recently proposed legislation that would impose a three year ban on any entertainer guilty of a drug-related offense.
The most high-profile of these stars was Jaycee Chan, who spent six months in a Beijing prison for smoking pot and allowing others to do so at his home. He has since cleaned up his image.
However, it seems that Beijing’s drug squad is already on to its next target with the arrest of Chinese singer Mao Ning for drug offenses earlier today.
Chinese singer Mao Ning, 47, arrested in Beijing Fri morning for drug use; Mao later confessed to offence: police pic.twitter.com/BhWEjgdRFL
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