• Marijuana Awareness and Use a Timely Issue

    For 24 years District 50 high school and middle school students have gathered at the annual District 50 Drug Free Youth Conference to make a commitment to lead a drug free life and make positive choices.

    It’s an important message, especially in the aftermath of Colorado voter’s decision to legalize the use of marijuana for people 21 and over.

    About 300 students attended this year’s event on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Ranum Middle School. The theme of the daylong event was, “Are You in Control?” and featured workshops, friendship groups and motivational speakers all designed to help kids stay drug free.

    The daylong event also touched on important teen issues like cyber bullying, suicide prevention and living life with integrity and character.

    Ironically, in the week after the event, many students, parents and teachers had to confront the issue of marijuana edibles at school. About a dozen students at Shaw Heights Middle School were identified as having ingested marijuana edibles, which were about the size of a tootsie roll. The students are being disciplined appropriately.

    Earlier this year, Superintendent Pamela Swanson took the issue head on, predicting that marijuana edibles would eventually become an issue at schools across the state. She decided to take a very proactive approach and asked parents to talk with their children about the issue and understand that teen use of marijuana is not only illegal, it is unhealthy.

    This link provides more information about how the District is approaching the issue and also pictures of the edibles that were confiscated at Shaw Heights. The District feels it is important for parents and guardians to be aware of what the marijuana products look like.

    Posted March 13, 2014