An AHS student was detained for possession of a Class B drug late last month after the main office informed police that they had discovered a bag of white powder.
The call was made at approximately 1:20 p.m., Wednesday, April 30. The police arrived on the scene shortly and arrested one juvenile and charged him with possession. No further information was released due to the fact that the detained individual was a minor.
So how to keep drugs from breaching the school environment? The most obvious methods by which illegal substances make it through the front doors is in a student’s backpack.
According to Officer Dowd, the school’s resident law-enforcement officer, “With the number of students at the school it would be impossible to implement a bag search. Unfortunately we have to do a lot of catch-up rather than prevention.”
With approximately 1,750 students at AHS it would certainly be very difficult to search every bag. Also, many students would most likely feel that such searches would be a violation of their privacy and possibly their Fourth Amendment rights.
When asked how he would feel about bag searches, freshman Evan Lundgren responded, “That would make me and a lot of other students uncomfortable. I don’t have anything to hide but it would still bother me to let somebody sift through my stuff, you know?”
Another possible method of prevention is drug education in the public school system. The idea is that if children are aware of the detrimental effects of drugs, then they will avoid them in the future.
So are incidents such as this one a result of poor drug education? Mrs. Breen, health teacher at the high school, doesn’t think so. “The education we provide gives kids valuable information about how to make healthy choices,” said Breen. “But it’s up to the students to make those healthy decisions. You can’t make decisions for people.”
Unfortunately students are under a lot of pressure from schoolwork and there are always students who are willing to abuse substances to alleviate stress.
By Ben Riley