drug use in school
by beatriz gomez de castro, '17
The epidemic in schools with the use of drugs is worsening as the years go by. School districts are dealing with teenage rebellion as rules, once respected by students, are now constantly being violated. Whether it is hidden or openly discussed, schools are dealing with early signs of drug use that can quickly shape into drug abuse.
The drug culture has increased in style among teens and young adults for years. With movies and mainstream media constantly glorifying smoking habits, it’s no wonder this ideology has created such a raucous with the department of education. With individuals and groups picking sides on whether or not recreational drugs such as marijuana should be legalized, there's no doubt about one thing: kids should not be using it in school, if at all.
The school environment is a place to learn and grow, preparing young adults for skills necessary in higher education. Teachers give their time and patience to help shape a student's life in a positive manner. However, frustration can arise when certain kids find themselves caught in the dangers of drug use in school. Instead of actively going to class, some are taking time out of their education to follow currently illegal activities that are not only harming their educational path, but also negatively impact the rest for the student body population.
There is a standard ideology that hopefully resides with the majority of the Hillcrest community: every student at this school should feel comfortable, as it is the place where we all spend over seven hours grouped in together. However, it can be frustrating for those who have decided to not partake in the drug culture. Many students enjoy coming to school for the simple pleasure of being with friends while they get an education. This peacefulness is many times interrupted when eerie smells begin to consume the hallways, however. Those who have decided to smoke near others presence must tend to forget that second hand smoking exists.
In a place like New York City where kids search and audition for their “dream high school”, it’s important for current students to be role models and represent their school in a good light. Future prospective students try to see themselves when searching for schools and the school environment plays a large factor, not only in the academic aspect, but also socially.
First, most students at our school are underage. Getting caught with a felony at such a young age can damage their records and prevent them from furthering their educational careers. Students losing their academic time by increasing bad drug habits are at risk of getting caught and having their academic and personal record stained with such activity, impacting their future college or work plans.
So what can be done to stop this epidemic? Well, research shows that education is the best way to go. Kids may not be aware of the actual dangers that come with smoking or doing drugs. Movies and media don’t highlight these dangers and instead create a false mentality surrounding the illegal activity, driving students to act without a conscious of what they may actually be putting into their bodies. So, with wanting drug use to stop, knowledge must first fall in the hands of those deciding what their next move is: a future, or a smoke?