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Belington Middle School Rallies Parents to Fight Drug Problem
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 19, 2013 @ 11:41PM
Created on February 19, 2013 @ 10:29PM
Police were called to a middle school dance on Friday after teachers thought some of the students were on drugs. A small handful of them were acting suspicious but no drugs were found. Administrators say they've noticed some shady behavior in the halls and have gotten reports from students that some may be using prescription drugs.
Administrators estimate that 3% of students enrolled are bringing the drugs to school. The problem is that when you're that young you don't want to rat out a fellow classmate. At a special meeting Tuesday, Belington Middle School's principal stressed for parents to talk to their kids.
Dozens of parents attended and most participated, tossing around ideas to curb the problem in their school. The principal let them know the sheriff's department will be showing up more often and working with the kids. He said the problem is that although a very small percentage are using the drugs, a lot more are aware who's bringing them to school.
On Tuesday, administrators talked to the kids grade by grade and class by class to let them know the ways they can anonymously report the bad eggs without fearing retaliation.
"They're our eyes and ears here at the school. We can't keep track of everything so we depend on them to let us know if there's something going on at our school that could be harmful or hurtful to someone," said Principal Moke Post.
"The students need to be taught that they are ultimately responsible for the decision they make, the decision to be involved with drugs or the decision to not inform adults when they know their peers are. Letting the students know that they have a school community that they can come to for help is a great step in the right direction," said Melissa Kaiser, a mother and teacher.
Principal Post said he often gets notes from students letting him know what's going on, and after talking with the kids Tuesday, he got even more. He assured parents the staff will be vigilant in their efforts to stop the problem.
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