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 Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...

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