Enterprising Youngsters Busted at GHCDS - Legalize It!
Last week it came to the attention of the administration that a few students in the middle school had been in possession of a small amount of marijuana while on campus. Obviously, this was a serious charge, and we wanted to ensure that we handled it in an appropriate manner. Thus, I sought the sage advice of several law enforcement officials and legal counsel. Over the next several days we investigated the allegations, and we found them to be true.
The students involved were suspended, and over the next few days we will be considering additional and appropriate consequences. It should be noted that the students involved were forthright and cooperated with our investigation. As well, the parents of these students were supportive of our decision to suspend them, and they are eager to ensure that their children understand the enormity of their actions.
I recognize that some parents would have liked to have known about this situation sooner. My delay in communicating with the community may have caused undue consternation and given rise to unsubstantiated speculation and rumor. For this I sincerely apologize. It should be noted that we acted on what we learned to be true, not on what was rumored to be true.
We understand that you, as parents, do not want your children exposed to drugs while at school, and we also understand that an incident such as this besmirches the reputation of GHCDS. This unfortunate incident provides the school with the opportunity to teach our children a very important life lesson: that they should respect the laws and norms of the community, and that failure to do so could have devastating consequences for one’s future.
Good Hope Country Day School
Sorry but drugs don't belong in schools. Legalized or not, these kids must learn to respect the rules.
another potential situation that could ruin lives based on the possession of a harmless plant.
We have chosen as a society that mind altering substances should not be given to children(well, some anyway; most kids still get caffeine, benadryl, dextromethorphan and guaifenesin (aka Robitussin DM), Riddlen, Zoloft and all the other pharmaceuticals etc, etc,etc.. )
so, ok, only SOME drugs are bad for kids(?), or is it dose based since we already regularly drug our children...
Do you see how hypocrisy really confuses the issue, especially in situations like this?
we really need to revisit these topics with people involved that are capable of logic and critical thinking.
Times have changed, we are, on average; much more intelligent than we used to be when these archaic laws were written. Continuing to support and follow them simply because we always have been (aka running on just momentum) is a terrible way to conduct ourselves.
Let them first learn to follow the rules and laws. As they grow up and mature, then they can decide to protest laws. And even then, civil disobedience has consequences.
The title of this thread is what made me sit up and notice. "Enterprising Youngsters". That made me think that some entrepreneurial children had started a business and were selling their wares at school. OOPs! Maybe that is exactly what was going on.
The rest of the title "busted at GHCDS - Legalize It!" That really caught my attention so I read the post. Sounded like the headmaster took the problem seriously, took corrective action, informed the parents and said the children cooperated. Problem solved.
Still the title weighed on my mind. What does legalizing pot have to do with what happened at the school. What if it had been cigarettes, alcohol or a pocket knife? Those are all legal items. It has nothing to do with should pot be legal or not. Even if it were legal would you want children in middle school, (10 to 12 years of age), selling or using it at school? Legal or not it is against the schools rules.
Those "children" are so lucky that they live on St. Croix. Had they been caught in the states the school would have called the police and they would have been arrested without even a phone call to the parents first. Why? Because it is illegal and against school rules. Zero tolerance. That would have been a shame.
Thanks, dougtamjj, for putting into words what I was thinking. The kids avoid a criminal record, but with school and parental involvement, hopefully the kids will learn a lesson about rules, laws, and consequences. They should not have their future taken away because of immature decisions.
Is anybody going after the suppliers???? Suppliers should only target adults.
the kids deserve punishment for not following the laws that are currently on the books. just because some people think this is a harmless plant does not make it legal. and even if it were legal it would not be legal for underage youth nor would it be allowable at most places of business. just like you cant come to work drunk, you can not come to work high.
kids need to learn to follow the laws. plain and simple.
... and even if it were legal it would not be legal for underage youth ...
... which is what confused me as the heading of the thread seems at odds with the contents of the letter.
Very well said Doug & Speedy!
enterprising kids get permits pay taxes get business licenses and do everything the legal way
Even if it were legalized (not simply decriminalized) children wouldn't be allowed to sell it period, no more than they can sell alcohol.
oh, i didnt mean to imply drug dealing would be a good enterprise for them
I made a ton of money selling pot when I was in high school and there was a lot of competition back then too.