Barbour County Officials Becoming Proactive About Drug Use in Schools
Written by Lindsey Burnworth
Last updated on February 20, 2013 @ 7:41PM
Created on February 20, 2013 @ 5:54PM
Officials talked with parents at Belington Middle School Tuesday night about drug use.
On Wednesday, 5 News talked with administrators and law enforcement about what they're doing to make sure it doesn't become an issue.
Both the superintendent and members of the sheriff's department are taking a proactive approach to this. They're making sure parents are talking to their kids about the dangers of drugs.
This all started after some teachers thought a few students were acting suspicious at a school dance on Friday.
No drugs were found, but extra police were called in just in case.
Because drug addiction has become an issue around the area, officials in Barbour County are making sure it doesn't become a problem there.
The sheriff's department is teaming up with the board of education to conduct a walk through every week at each of the county's schools. Deputies have been interacting with students for an hour a week to make sure they know there's a safe person to talk if they have a problem.
"The sheriff's department is doing all of their visits at local schools. We're hoping it'll have the faculty members, the students, and parents become more familiar with us and more comfortable with us. That way they can come to us with any information they may have of different behaviors with the children or possible drug activity," said Chief Deputy Brett Carpenter of the Barbour County Sheriff's Department.
The board of education and all school administrators also have a zero tolerance policy regarding drugs. They said even if one student brings drugs into the schools, it's a serious problem.
"If we've got one student using drugs, that's a problem. We cannot hide that, we can't put our heads in the sand or sweep that under the carpet. One student with drugs is a problem because it's just going to multiply. So, again, if we can prevent it up front, it's better than curing at the end," said Dr. Joe Super, Barbour County Superintendent.
Dr. Super also said all administrators in the county are as proactive about the issue as the Belington Middle School principal.
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