Illinois’ Stevenson High in Lincolnshire has made dubious headlines for a drug bust involving students.   But the sheer volume of people involved is just as alarming in the lack of support parents are showing the school.      An investigation spanned several months, and it involved confiscating cell phones.   That provided detectives with electronic drug deals conducted during school hours.   While it appears very little to no physical drug exchanges took place on campus,  the investigation ended in the arrests of two students.  It appears dozens more students were suspended as a result of the investigation.

So where was the parent outrage?

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It appears there was no outrage at a school board meeting on Monday night, where WGN-TV reported that only two parents showed up.    For a school of 4,000 students, with dozens suspended, just two parents bothered to find out what was going on.  This was the first public meeting where parents could hear the details and findings of the investigation.    Were there private meetings between school officials and the parents of those suspended?    Possibly.  It’s pretty clear that the parents of the two arrested students probably had a good face to face with detectives.

It appears that the “not my kid” mindset has reared its ugly head.   You know.  You tell parents that 9 out of 10 kids will do something bad once in their lives, and they respond, “not my kid!”   Well I guess those parents at Stevenson High are getting a reality check.     The truth is 4,000 kids try drugs every day for the first time.   Some of these kids are as young as 8-years-old.   And among those 4,000 kids, 2,500 of them abuse prescription drugs.   That’s 2,500 kids who may be fueling their drug habit for free via the family medicine cabinet.   Understand that mom and dad?   You are your child’s drug dealer.    Your denial is enabling their habit.     Refusing to discuss drugs with your children is a big mistake.   And you really could head things off at the pass by using home drug tests.

Parents need to stay informed, and two people showing up out of 4,000 students is ridiculous.   How long are we going to bury our heads in the sand?  How long can we ignore this problem?  Kids like marijuana.  Kids like pills.  Kids are using designer drugs.   Kids are using synthetic drugs.   This is real folks.

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