Kids and Drugs

By: Tara Hettinger
By: Tara Hettinger

"No one is wanting to jump in and say we have a problem," said Jimmy Logsdon, uncle to one of the children involved.

"He was in a middle of a drug ring i'm going to call it here basically at 4th grade being in trouble," Logsdon said.

The child was charged with intoxication after he and two other children, between the ages of 10 and 11, took ADHD pills and a form of speed at Clarkston Elementary in Grayson County.

"When anything... at anytime happens involving a child... it's something to worry about," said Grayson County Board of Education representive Angela Jones.

Superintendent Teddy White says what happened here is very rare, but could have happened at any school.

"How can we stop it?? I don't have the answer to that. No one does," Jones said.

But she says some things can be done.

"Parents need to keep medicines out of the reach of the children," Jones added.

She says to also make sure to pay close attention to your child and their behavior and notice any changes. Also, to listen to them and be involved.

"When I asked him (the juvenile) why he did it his response was I didn't want my friends to hate me," Logsdon said.

So what can be done to stop this problem?

"It's the parents and the whole community that need to come together to combat this," Jones said.

Currently, the Grayson County school system does have a comprehensive drug prevention and awareness program in place that starts in Kindergarden. There they are taught at an early age what drugs are and their consequences.

The children involved in this incident were all suspended and are in juvenile court facing charges.


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