What do you think?
Today's students face problems in school their predecessors didn't.
Drugs were an issue 1987 when police started the Drug Awareness Resistance
Education, or D.A.R.E., program, but the Internet and the need for Internet
safety were non-existent.
Gangs had not made an appearance in public schools.
To combat the new set of problems children face, the Prince William County
Police Department has designed a new program to replace D.A.R.E.
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The Prince William Board of County Supervisors will hear a presentation
from the Prince William County police about a new program to teach children
Internet safety and how to avoid gangs, drugs, alcohol and tobacco during
the next board meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
The Basic Elementary Addiction, Wellness & Abuse Resource Education, or "Be
Aware" program will replace the Drug Awareness Resistance Education or
The D.A.R.E. program, which started in 1987, does not allow the flexibility
to meet the needs of individual schools or students, said County Executive
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Prince William County isn't quite surrounded yet, but the threat of
methamphetamine is headed east and officials are alert for signs of
the drug and the dangerous labs that produce it.
"It'll be the next drug trend we have to deal with," said Maj. Ray
Colgan, Prince William police.
Last year, law enforcement officials in Kentucky, Tennessee and West
Virginia busted 1,060 labs that produce the highly addictive,
speed-like drug that can cause violent behavior, anxiety, paranoia,
hallucinations, malnutrition, psychosis and irreversible brain damage.
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There will be quite a bit to see Saturday at the Prince William County
Fairgrounds including the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard, monster truck
demonstrations, skydivers, magicians and antique cars.
There will also be food, music, live demonstrations by police and
firefighters and interactive educational displays for children and their
And it's all free.
The Prince William Police Department invites the public to attend the Drug
Abuse Resistance Education Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 10624 Dumfries
Road, said Officer Sherrie Farley, of the Prince William police juvenile
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Prince William County Public Schools has no intention of following
newly passed state guidelines for random student drug testing. The
school division has never randomly tested students without cause and
will maintain its current policy, according to Superintendent Edward
The Virginia Department of Education approved guidelines for student
testing on June 23, 2004, nearly a year after the Virginia General
Assembly amended legislation and authorized the enactment of public
school guidelines. School divisions are not required to enact
mandatory testing, and only two have. Prince William County Public
Schools has never randomly tested students and there are no plans to
revamp that policy.
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We have a HUGE drug problem in this country. Supervisor Mary Hill should be
intimately aware of it by now, but many Republicans who have not had such
personal experience still approach the issue from a limited perspective.
The problem I am referring to isn't drug abuse; it's how our society
addresses :"illegal" drug use. We have been fighting the so-called "war on
drugs" for over 30 years, yet the war isn't against drugs, it's against people.
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