Thursday, August 23, 2007

More kids are seeing more drugs in school

I posted a story from the Chicago Tribune yesterday regarding drugs in schools. However, I just noticed this one from the Seattle P-I posted last week, back on 8/15/07.

"We are in an era when people really don't care about school rules or laws, so it happens," said Tavar Proctor, 21, who attended Seattle's Franklin High School, adding he doesn't drink or use drugs. "It's pretty much common in school."

The rise is not simply about rebellious kids. Parents are to blame for not demanding drug-free schools, and school boards and authorities should be held accountable, according to the National Center on Addiction's president, Joseph Califano Jr., who was secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Carter.

"If the school was infested with rats or infested with lice, the parents would never send their kids to school," Califano said in an interview. "I think the parents have got to raise hell about this situation."

Parents and their kids didn't see the problem the same way. In the survey, 24 percent of students said drug use was the most important problem that their peers faced, while only 11 percent of parents said their kids would say drugs was the most important problem.

Parents saw societal pressure as the biggest concern for teenagers.

"Sociatal pressure"?!?!? Give me a break. Parents are so out of touch with their children, I wonder if they would know what to do if they said "boo" to them. No one has more potential to influence a child than parents. However, nothing actually influences a child more than the school system when parents surrender their children to the schools every day.

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