|WHS on top of drug problem|
|Sunday, 07 October 2007 19:00|
Last week’s drug bust involved three minors, all Watauga High School students, deputies say.Parents and kids at Watauga High School have concerns. School Resource Officer Bill Hartley says drugs are not a new issue. It’s business as usual at school this week.
Watauga High School has a zero tolerance policy, he says. Last week’s cocaine bust brought attention to an issue Hartley is already taking very seriously. Increased communication with his students helps, he says. Students who report drug offenders can get a Crimestoppers reward- but it’s not about the money, according to Hartley.
If drugs come into the school, it's an invasion, he says- and it's important to teach kids to protect their high school.
Drug problems among high school students reflect what’s going on in the High Country as a whole, he says- and the community needs to work together to keep drugs away from kids. Hartley says it starts with the parents. Parents need to be aware of what their kids are doing, and not shy away from asking questions. If parents have concerns about drugs, his door is always open, he says.
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