Given budget and judicial system resource limitations, how about fining the parents of juveniles caught with marijuana? (“Shifting attitudes on majijuana,” The Gazette, July 18)
This could be the way parents find out their child is using marijuana, sooner than later.
Joyce Nalepka is right on in her charge to parents and the community.
Parents of high school students should especially be aware of how easy it is for teens to buy and even smoke marijuana at their school or bus stop. School staffs are doing what they can to stop this problem, but their resources are also limited.
Parents can review the difference between tattling and giving the name of a peer whom they know to be using any drug to a trusted adult so that child can get deserved help. They can be proactive about knowing their teens’ friends and whereabouts, and whether they are properly supervised.
The community can acknowledge that underage substance abuse is everyone’s problem, and recognize that there is no profile to the student who makes bad choices regarding illegal drug use. Opportunities abound for groups and individuals to coach, tutor or mentor, hire youth, or chaperone, just for starters.
Patty Winters, Derwood
The writer is coordinator of the Brave and Bold Coalition.