Letter to the Editor

Posted on March 15, 2012

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Submitted Response | Anonymous

First let me start by saying that I in no way condone or glorify the use of drugs or alcohol. Substance abuse is certainly one of the most prominent issues within our society today. However, the assertion made in the editorial “Prevention Needed for Drug Problem” (January, 2012) simply does not ring true. It is completely fair to say that a good chunk of the students at this school have experimented with drugs and alcohol. Although to say the school has a “huge drug problem” brings about the connotation that students are out of control and doomed to a life of shallowness and stupidity. This is not true. Now, talk to someone who goes to a school where one in five kids is addicted to a hard drug like heroin or need a drink or a “fix” to make it through the day. Now that is a drug problem.
Hostility directed towards drug use is constantly misguided, the ill-feelings should not be directed at experimenting high school teens, but people that have real problems. The issue is that all too often nay-sayers of drugs and alcohol judge others and feel comfortable throwing experimenters into categories. It is easy to say that people who may engage in the drug culture are dumber or below people that abstain from those things. But just as students who have tried substances must respect their peers choice to say no to drugs and alcohol, people that do not believe in adolescent drug use should not label or judge their peers. I agree that there is a line that is crossed, when students brag about weekend drug use in class or ridicule peers for not partaking in “partying” – this is unacceptable.
In the end, the most important thing is that we respect and tolerate our peers despite these choices. The world of drug and alcohol use is not black and white, there are shades of gray. You may find it difficult to agree with the choices others are making in their lives, but if you try, perhaps you can accept that it is their life to live. That being said, let’s not look to pick each other out and try to separate those who smoke, from those who drink, from those who smoke and drink. It’s useless. Instead, let us do our best to look out for each other in school. If you see someone who you think may need some help, offer it. Through reason and understanding we can prevent any real drug problem from coming to our school.

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