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Follow Up: What Should Be Done About Westford's Drugs?

Today, we ask the Westford Patch community about their thoughts on how the problem of drugs should be addressed in town, or if it is a problem at all.

 

Earlier this month Westford Patch covered a seminar at the Nabnasset Country Club , a topic that has been a subject of heated debate among many readers here on Patch.

Today, we ask you all a follow up question: what should be done, if anything, about drugs here in town?

 

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Dan C May 11, 2012 at 10:15 AM
I would like to see some HONESTY and TRANSPARENCY by the schools (specifically the Superintendent and WA Principal) - The fact they have withheld information related to the nature and extent of this problem from the community doesnt sit well with me at all. The allegations that police were not called in when they should have been (DUI to school) because someone's parent holds office in town is also of concern to many of us. The responding to requests for information by loosing one's cool and becoming defensive is also a concern even outside of this issue (leadership issue). Isnt this what School Council is for? I would like to see a live patch live chat with the two individuals mentioned so we can get questions answered, know more about the problem, and THEN we will be better informed to make a statement about what should be done to fix it!
Carl B May 11, 2012 at 09:42 PM
That dude in the photo looks really happy about this baggie of weed, kinda reminds me of a 6 year old who just pulled to prize from the bottom of a box of Fruit Loops!
Evelyn May 13, 2012 at 01:19 AM
You should really look back at Westford's history. This hiding the kids of town employee's has gone on for many many years. This is Westford!!
Vicky Geary May 13, 2012 at 04:09 PM
While I agree that we need to be more informed about the extent of the problem, the one element in all this that I haven't seen addressed in any of the recent articles on drugs in Westford is the role of parents in this problem. Everyone is very quick to blame the schools or administration but no one has addressed in more detail what parents can do if they suspect drug use. Parents need to ask questions not just of the principals and the superintendent but talk to their own children and dare I say it, their children's friends. It is not be noisy or invading privacy as some would contend - it is being a parent. Make these teenagers aware of the fact that parents are on notice and that this will not be swept aside. And enforce/support any consequences that arise out getting caught.
April S. May 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I agree with Vicky. Parents need to be the first line against drug use by their children; be parents and not 'friends' or enablers, ie. allowing drinking in their homes by teens. But parents need info on what the schools are seeing during school hours and at school events. Most parents are on the lookout for alcohol and pot use, but if the schools see a big increase in other drug use (or students arriving under the influence, ) a notification to parents will make them aware/remind them to be on the lookout for this behavior. Because of the concern that some people's children have different consequences than others, the student handbook should layout the punishments for alcohol and drug use/possession so that there can't be fingerpointing. Instead of 'up to and including expulsion', state what happens the first time a student arrives under the influence (is it a suspension? are the police called if the student drove to school? if they are under the influence and have more(alcohol/drugs)in their car?) what happens the second time? the third time? what about being under the influence at a school function? (first time, second time) when does exclusion happen? expulsion? don't leave it open for interpretation. If "Johnny" or "Suzi" arrive at school under the influence, everyone ("Johnny", "Suzi", their parents, the administration) will know the consequences. WA could then say "my hands are tied, your child did x and therefore the punishment is y".
Mandan J May 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I would like to hear what School Chair Harkness thinks about the issue of drugs and DUI to school too. I agree that parents are the first line and in the end its their kid but DUI on the roads is a public safety risk and Police should be involved if children waiting near the roads for the bus were put at risk by WA students DUI on the way to school. I am also interested when I hear that kids are under the influence of drugs at the school
Local May 31, 2012 at 02:45 AM
My very small high school 500kids had a huge drug problem. We were famous for it. What they did was start bringing in the dogs unannounced at various times. Never knowing when is a large deterrent to bringing drugs into school. It has to be very random, at times they brought they dogs in two days in a row. The kids got caught and removed, and shortly drugs were not in the school much. Outside is the parents and police's job. DUI to school is probably going to be in isolated incident and if repeated will probably be by the same kid.

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