10 thoughts on “Operation Pharmacy

  1. More than 20 years ago, a Bremerton High student told me that she could have bought drugs easily any day at school. She said that a boy nicknamed “Jimmy Joy” was selling drugs from his locker, just a few lockers away from hers. Fortunately for her, drugs didn’t appeal to her because her life was pretty good.

    What do we need to fix in our high school children’s lives to cure this? It is not different now – just different chemicals.

  2. Fix kids’ lives?
    Are you kidding?
    Our schools can’t even teach them readin, writin, and arithmatic… and you think they can “fix kids’ lives”?
    Maybe expecting schools to be all to all people is part of the problem.
    Even kids with the most perfect lives..if there is such a thing… are going through puberty…neither fish nor fowl… and might try something once.
    I stopped a 40 year smoking habit…easily the most difficult thing I’ve ever done…and craved to smoke a cigarette for the following two years and more.
    I KNEW I wouldn’t smoke again – I couldn’t breathe in regular air, much less cigarette smoke…but, just in case… I made sure no cigarettes were anywhere around.
    We all have moments from time to time where we might be susceptible …

  3. I went to bremerton high school from 2000 to 2002 and I remember there was some of the same problems then that they just found out about, so im jus amused that it took bremerton school district like 5 years to figure this out, people in like jounior high used to do the same thing, I dont know if it is still goin on but maybe, Bremerton alone is a big drug city, thats why I moved out of there.

  4. Of course school’s can’t “fix kids lives.” It’s not their responsibility to; A school’s responsibility is to educate their students to prepare them for future learning. The problem needs to be fixed in the students home. It needs to start with the parents. There’s no temptation if there is no interest in the drugs.

  5. Kids…if I can remember being one that long ago… are curious beings.
    Even in the most ‘perfect’ home, most parents enjoy and nurture the natural curiosity of their children.
    The reality and possibility is that any child, curious about the awful drugs s/he has been warned against… given the right circumstances, could impulsivly do something really stupid given the right situation, the right moment in time.

    Sharon O’Hara

  6. Schools are really just a reflection of our culture , or coming attractions ., I guess what surprises me is that their is so mucg surprise by the parents and educators .

  7. Over 30 years ago, I knew a girl going to CK Jr. High. She went to school without garbage in her system every morning and was ‘stoned’ by afternoon.
    Her mother was a truly dumb person. She knew nothing about drugs and thought her daughter’s strange behavior meant she was going ‘through a stage’ and ignored it.
    She once opened her daughter’s closet to hang a coat (she never did that sort of thing) and found plants growing in containers on the top shelf in the closet.
    She pulled them out and set them outside on the deck. When her daughter came home she asked why she had plants in the closet. When told they belonged to a friend and the daughter didn’t have anywhere else to put them…she reminded her daughter the plants needed light and they were out on the deck.
    The plants were never seen again and were forgotten.
    Decades later her daughter brought the closet plant story into a conversation and mentioned the plants were m. plants.

    Central Kitsap School system…did you crack down or would a raid turn up drugs and paraphernalia in lockers?
    Sharon O’Hara

  8. I’m glad to see many of the comments here are not blaming the school for not doing enough…I’m an educator, and get so tired of schools becoming the whipping bou for all of society’s ills. Our job is to educate..the 3 R’s,,,but in my 20 years in the profession the teaching time for the 3 R’s has been eaten up by drug, alcohol and gang awareness lessons, as well as sex education. Aren’t these things supposed to be taught at home? It is extremely difficult to teach the 3 R’s, no matter what level, elementary through high school, when kids come to school late, unfed, unkempt, and in some cases, unloved. Yes, the schools I’ve worked in have all tried to meet all the needs of the students, some more successfully than others. But I can easily say that schools I’ve seen the most success at, academically and otherwise, are ones in which parents do what they are supposed to do, no matter what their income level- feed, clothe, shelter, and love their children- and teach them to respect themselves and others.

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