Last week the finding of marijuana at a Long Beach elementary School should be a wake-up call for all schools in South Mississippi, as well as to all parents. Four students ages nine to 12 were found to have three bags of pot. This is the first instance we have heard of pot being found at an elementary school on the coast.
As parents we all should be glad that when other youngsters saw and heard about the pot at school they let someone in authority know so the situation could be handled. The Long Beach School District and community leaders for years have done a remarkable job of informing the youth of the dangers of drugs. Unfortunately this incident also points out just how pervasive pot is in our community.
Long Beach School Superintendent Carolyn Hamilton put it best when she said, "It's the first time we have had it in an elementary school. We hope it will be the last. But unfortunately we know from statistics nationwide that it's reaching younger and younger children. It's part of our society. So when something is part of your society that comes into schools, we have to deal with it."
Now more than ever schools, especially elementary schools, need to invest in drug education and make sure our students know drugs are harmful.
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