How to report witnessed drug use

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-28-2012
How to report witnessed drug use
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Fri, 10-19-2012 - 10:10am

Hello everyone,  A friend of my child witnessed a kid doing drugs on school grounds.  He also overheard him talking about how much money he made selling that day and giving other kids tips on how to sell it in the school.  He is TERRIFIED to report this in ANY way because he thinks the kid saw him witnessing this, and he's very scared the kid or his friends will go after him.  My child is in these classes as well, so I am very concerned.  Any advice would be great...

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-1999
Sun, 10-21-2012 - 1:39pm

In many schools a report of drug use or sale is enough to warrant a call to local police for a visit by the drug sniffing dog team.  At my son's school these visits happen at least once a semester. The dogs sniff all the lockers , all students are told to put their backpacks outside their classrooms at a given time and they are sniffed also.  They even search the locker room. 

Your son should talk to a trusted  teacher or guidance counselor, administration and police have ways to make these searches seem totally random.

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 9:00pm
That is so frightening! I have no other advice than the others, just hugs and prayers!!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 4:31pm

Schools have ways of protecting the anonymity of kids who report things, but it all depends on the culture and how competent the administration is. I know when there was a suspicion of drug dealing  at our former middle and high school, they'd conduct locker searches, but they'd do all the lockers in the row where the suspected dealer's was located instead of just the one. That way, if they found someone's stash, it wasn't obvious that it had been reported by another student.

 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 10-19-2012 - 10:21am

That's a tough spot to be ine.  I would say to go to a trusted teacher or the guidance counselor at the school depending on how comfortable he feels about it.  He may be able to make an anonymous somehow, but each school may have their own procedures set up for that type of thing. 

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