The Student Assistance Program of the Eagle Valley High School has come up with a new program that will help fight drugs and alcohol abuse and other teen problems. The program called “Safe to Tell” allows kids to refer their peers who are or might be into substance abuse to school officials while keeping their identities anonymous.
Eric Mandeville, assistant principal of Eagle Valley High, reiterates the important role of schools in the continuing battle against teen drug and alcohol problems. He says the program is divided into two parts: the first part is when school officials catch the students involved and the second part is where kids are counseled and treated from their addictions.
Under Safe to Tell, teens who are taken into custody by school officials will be interviewed, tested, and their parents will be summoned. If proven guilty, a student may be suspended. Counseling will be provided and troubled students will be given an expulsion prevention plan to work on.
Eagle Valley High will be implementing random drug testing for students joining extra-curricular activities. Support groups will be made available for students whose parents face the same situation of drug and alcohol abuse.
Mike Gass, the school’s executive director for student services, tells parents and the whole community that the steps they are adopting are all part of their measures to cope with today’s changing conditions. In today’s tough times, substance abuse among kids is a big challenge not only for the educational system but for the whole country as well.
Another issue that the school is addressing is medical marijuana. “We see tons of medical marijuana and people are reselling it to our kids. People who are old enough to have a card, 18, are bringing it into the schools,” Gass said. “What used to be recreational has now become something of the norm in some groups of kids.”