For some teens who do not use drugs, school may provide them with the opportunity to learn how to be a good citizen.
How Teens Can Report Drugs and Alcohol at School
Schools are designed to be safe places where teens can focus on learning more about reading, writing and arithmetic. While most schools do offer these lessons, they might also offer teens lessons in an entirely separate subject. By reporting the presence of drugs or alcohol at school, these teens can ensure that school truly is a safe place. And, they might even be able to help the authorities identify those students who need help with their addiction issues.
In order to combat the presence of drugs in schools, some districts are responding by performing random sweeps with drug-sniffing dogs. These canines are specially trained to identify drugs when they smell them, and police officers respond with a search when the dogs indicate that drugs are present. This can be quite helpful in spotting small amounts of drugs that teens bring with them to school. However, some states have strict laws regarding searches, and performing routine searches is a violation of those laws.
According to an article produced by the University of Minnesota, schools may also adopt these policies to help prevent students from bringing drugs or alcohol to school or to school events:
- Banning all bags that are not see-through
- Asking monitors to check all thermoses or bags before students can enter
- Patrolling parking lots or shared areas,
- Forbidding students from reentering an event once they have left
Students who spot drug abuse or alcohol abuse at school should report it to the school’s authorities. While all schools have a principal, some schools also offer additional staff members who could help with issues of addiction, including:
- Addiction counselors
- Mental health counselors
- School nurses
- Security guards
Students should attempt to speak to an authority figure like this right away, and they should be clear about what has happened, where, and when. Students should strive to be as accurate and factual as they can when they report what has happened.
This threat can keep some students from reporting the abuse they see, as they worry about the impact the disclosure will have on their peers. It’s important to remember, however, that these teens may move from an expulsion into a drug or alcohol treatment program. Here, they’ll give tools they’ll need to beat their addictions. By bringing the problem to light, students may be doing their peers a huge favor.
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