I say they're a huge problem. Kids that say they not only smell drugs being smoked in corners at school, to shutting down wings because the teachers smell it - is a problem. I say that kids smoking pot out in the open BEFORE school - is a problem. I say that kids posting photos of themselves drinking and doing drugs - is a problem.
Now to the facebook issues of posting their photos. Now, these are photos/statuses I have seen. And I am not "friends" with these kids, which means their profiles are completely public. I have to ask - parents, when is the last time you looked at your kid's profile? Ever? Some kids talk about can't wait to get f&#$ed up this weekend. Where are we going to get the sh#&? And guess what folks, these aren't just at one high school. They're at all of them. Oh, and guess what more... these are also cheerleaders and kids in sports. Not just the "thugs" or "trogs" as we used to call them in my day...
So, it's just a question.
In a day that not much gets done around campus because administrators are all so "overwhelmed" with budget cuts and other BS, it seems it's just easier to turn the other way on drugs. Is it a victimless crime? No way. Smoking pot before school can't possibly be good for the attention and care needed later in the school day. Hearing of middle school kids drinking vodka out of water bottles during PE does not instill too much confidence that today's kids, despite all the education, are any smarter than the kids of yesterday (or my day).
More young people are now in treatment for marijuana dependency than for alcohol or for all other illegal drugs combined.
I know, I know, I'm looking at this TOTALLY differently now that I'm a parent. But isn't that a normal progression? I hope so.
And believe, GREAT THINGS HAPPEN at the high schools every single day. There is no denying there are more good things than bad, BUT I'm not going to be quiet about the bad just because it makes the school look bad.
THE SCHOOLS NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. They have the power to EXPEL any kid caught with drugs. They have the power to SEARCH lockers if it smells like POT!
Parents , you need to be watching homelink. Are your kids tardy to school each day when you KNOW you dropped them off on time? Or that they left home early enough? Are you checking in? Are there consequences? Just asking. Do you know where the local "hang outs" are for the perpetually late?
So, there, I'm done with my rant. But there's a story I've been dying to do, but I'm not a reporter and I don't get enough readers to do it justice, so I sent some info to the Mayor of Claycord - hopefully he'll shed the light.
Parents, what can we do ? I ASSUME most parents aren't ok with kids smoking dope on school grounds. So if that's true? What are we going to do about it?