The Placebo Effect Of A Closed High School Campus

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By John Hubbuch

The most recent discovery that the high school has a drug and alcohol problem has resulted in a spate of proposals including closing the campus, random locker searches and mandatory drug testing. I suppose such measures might reduce the sale,possession and use of drugs on campus, but surely the proponents know that  won't even make a dent in the problem.      

 There would still be plenty of time to buy,sell and use drugs before school,after school, on the weekends and of course all summer. I dare say that within weeks if not days the boys and girls would come up with new and different ways to get their drink and smoke on.             

I worry that after all the energy and effort is put into implementing these controversial measures parents will fall back in a self-congratulatory  state of accomplishment believing that the high school has taken a significant step in solving the community's drug and alcohol problem. Meanwhile the basic paradigm  will remain essentially the same.

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john murtagh from Oak Park  

Posted: January 13th, 2011 2:11 PM

A good reason for closed campus is reducing the opportunities of entry to the school by those who should not be there at all. I leave it to the reader to decide who might wander into school for no reasonable reason. Drug Free Zones do not solve all drug and alcohol abuse, but it sure says where it will not happen! Closing campuses sure anger juniors and seniors since they have cars. The anger disappears when they graduate and new students replace them. So 2 years from now -- not an issue.

Melissa Ford  

Posted: January 13th, 2011 10:32 AM

John, you're right! This won't stop kids who want to buy, use, or sell drugs from doing so. But, it's a step to ensuring that our kids can be safe and learn in a drug-free environment.

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