Tuesday, August 5, 2008

shocking news

Over the weekend, I learned from seemingly reliable sources, that in a small neighboring town/village 30 students had been expelled for drug use from the medium size Elementary/Junior High School, during the last year.

We had heard such things from the regional large Senior High School, but now the small Elementary/Junior High!

I find it extremely sad and frightening. What is our youth coming to? With all my praying, talking, cell-phoning and text messaging, effort into child rearing, I have a hard time figuring out where my children are. My children have had rarely any friends from stable families. The young adults are always hanging out unsupervised and with people whom their families don't know. There is a lot of sleep and joy lost over worrying about them.

2 comments:

steve martin said...

I know just how you feel. It is a terrible situation.

I was photographing a friend of mine's son while he was skateboarding at a local skate park. There was a group of young teenagers (age 13 or 14) talking about "scoring their next hits of speed."

My own son is a drug addict doing time in the state prison.

It is such a terrible thing.

Brigitte said...

I am very sorry to hear about it.

Hopefully some of these teens are only talking big. But obviously the numbers are growing.

When I grew up in Germany, I did not know anybody who used any drugs. When I came to Canada, I a met a few. Actually, the first kids who tried to befriend me (grade 11) offered me some. Now, it seems de rigeur (sp?, the spell check does not like it, but offers me nothing.)

In the neighboring town it is ecstasy that is rampant.

Sadly, even if you do everything for your children and raise them well, they can still end up in the company that uses and not many can resist their peers. And addictions are a horrible thing.

How is your son doing? Or is it too private? What can anyone do?