Pubdate: Wed, 18 Apr 2007
Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel (TN)
Copyright: 2007 The Knoxville News-Sentinel Co.
Author: Danielle Devault
Bookmark: (Youth)


As a high school student, I often hear some of my peers talk about 
using drugs or making references to them.

I find it very disturbing that students who abuse illegal substances 
talk about it as if it were acceptable. It troubles me to hear 
individuals brag about how they got high.

It seems that some adults do not realize how serious the drug problem 
is in our high schools. In smaller, rural schools, some adults tend 
to think that the students are good kids and that drugs are not an 
issue for them.

Drugs are everywhere. Do not be blinded by the idea they are only in 
larger, more populated communities.

The school system does try to discourage students from using drugs 
through various programs, but most students just ignore them.

Parents and other adults in the community should get involved with 
their youth. They need to set a daily, positive example for those who 
look up to them.

If students see the adults in their lives being a benefit to society, 
they will want to be the same way.

We are the future. If the issue of drugs is simply overlooked, then 
what will become of our generation?

Danielle Devault

Gibbs High School

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