A Strategy for Handling the Issue of Drugs at School

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Introduction: A school district's number one priority should always be student safety and security. Having drugs at schools during any point can potentially be dangerous for every student. A drug deal gone wrong can quickly turn into a violent episode that effects those far beyond those buying, selling, or doing drugs. Drugs have no place on any school campus in this country. It is a serious issue that schools must take preventative measures to deter at all times.

Furthermore, it is necessary for schools to monitor, reassess, and changing their strategies continuously as it pertains to drugs.

There are drug issues in many schools across the country. This is obviously a serious problem. Administrators can spend a lot of time handling these sensitive situations. The battle against drugs in schools begins with an active drug education program for younger students. Even the best drug education programs will not completely prevent the problem. Administrators must take every precaution to prevent drugs from being brought onto their campus. They must also follow every tip and lead. Finally, the consequences for anyone caught with a controlled substance must be as severe as the law will allow.

Decision Maker: Principal

Grade Level: 11th Grade

Scenario: A student comes to your office and reports that she overheard three boys discussing what she thinks is a potential drug deal.

She believes that one of the boys said he had some “weed” in his locker for sale. One of the other students told him he would meet him in the bathroom in between classes to make the exchange. The principal immediately goes to the locker to search it. He finds an envelope with what looks like a small amount of marijuana.

Decision(s): The principal should immediately locate the three students and have them escorted to the office keeping each of them separated and under watch. The principal should immediately call the local police department and the parents of each student. The principal should turn over the evidence and the investigation to the police. The principal must also ensure that the students’ parents are present before the police are allowed to interview them. Finally, the principal will review all the evidence collected in the police investigation and suspend students according to the district policy and state law.

Conclusion:  It is important to note that this is one strategy for a single situation. Each school district and their administrators must tailor their drug prevention strategies and policies to meet their individual needs.  Each school is different. An elementary school in a rural town will have different needs as it pertains to drugs than an urban school in the inner city.  Stakeholders within the school must carefully measure the steps they take to decrease the potential that someone will bring drugs on campus at any point.