Friday, November 04, 2005

Truth or D.A.R.E.?

This is from yesterday's Boston Herald. As if we needed more proof of D.A.R.E.'s failure "To Keep Kids Off Drugs".

My question is, who tipped off the school officials? Someone should get this poor little girl a t-shirt.

An 11-year-old graduate of Norwood’s DARE program has been caught with pot at school.
Police said the girl, who is not being identified, had “a small amount” of marijuana in her locker.
Police Officer Richard Giacoppo, the resource officer at the middle school, said the presence of drugs is an unfortunate reality in schools today, but admitted Monday’s incident “was really unusual for that age group.”
Police said school officials acted on a tip and went looking for the pot. The girl was not arrested but will be summoned to juvenile court.
[snipped]
Giacoppo declined specific comment on the 11-year-old caught by the school, but said she had graduated from the school’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
This is my first blog post ever, kids! I'm already hooked. We might have to become Students for Sensible Blogging Policy. This is so addictive, it should be Schedule I. Someone tell HHS!

Appendix: I don't think 11 year olds should have pot or any other drugs in school. And it should go without saying that SSDP does not support children that young using drugs recreationally. Finally, I am glad this girl was not arrested and is heading to juvenile court instead of municipal or criminal court. But snitching is wrong -- unless people are in danger.

5 comments:

Kris said...

Since when is a small amount of marijuna in a locker "really unusual for that age group"? Why because she is 11, instead of 12 or 13?

I (vaguely) recall it being pretty common back in '83, '84, '85.

I D.A.R.E. Officer Giacoppo, school administrators, teachers, parents and the students themselves to pull their heads out of...the SAND... and get real. If they, as a community, truly want young people in that "age group" to make sensible choices regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, they are going to have to come up with something better than D.A.R.E.

Anonymous said...

Yo -- not for nothing, I respect your desire to change the woirld and shit, but for real, chill the fuck out. Pot is illegal, it sucks but, hey, what are you gonna do? There is more important shit going down than some 11 y.o. getting arrested for having some weed. She shouldn't have that shit. She's 11!

Even if pot were legal, would you let your 11 y.o. have some? I wouldn't.

Relax, chill, keep smoking, apologize to your parents, and keeo that shit on the down low.

Stay well,

some guy who thinks your time and energy would be better spent elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

wait, I thought drug use among young people is way down. am i wrong about that?

Jonathan Perri said...

Yes mr. anonymous, pot is illegal, it has been illegal since 1937 my friend. And since then millions of Americans have smoked it and millions have been arrested. Wanting to change the laws concerning this drug or all drugs for that matter, in no way condones the use of those drugs, especially for minors. This is not about "smoking pot and relaxing" while American rights are being violated and billions of dollars are wasted on keeping a plant illegal regardless of the fact that this plant was made illegal not based on science,but based on racism and one man's power trip.
I also think an 11y.o. having some weed IS A VERY BIG DEAL and you should ask yourself how hard it was for her to get that weed. Probably not very hard as whoever she bought it from was unlikely to ask her for an ID such as someone selling alcohol who could possibly lose their buisness if they do not properly card individuals making purchases from their establishment.

Tom Angell said...

Jon,

You're absolutely right.

It never ceases to be annoying how some people think reforming drug policy is all about wanting to get high all day long. Clearly, we devote our time and energy toward changing these laws to make a positive impact on society by reducing violent crime due to the illicit drug trade, halting the destruction of ecosystems in countries like Colombia, stopping the speread of bloodborne diseases, fostering civil rights, and making sure taxpayers' resources are being used effectively.

If we wanted to just get high on drugs, we could do that anyway under the current ineffective prohibition regime and save ourselves the trouble of trying to change federal, state, and local laws.