At last Tuesday’s Kuna School Board meeting, several school administrators addressed the trustees regarding their concern about increased drug use at area schools.
“I would say it’s been one of our toughest years we’ve seen so far,” said Initial Point Principal Lora Seabaugh. “And it’s been a struggle looking for resources to support the students and their families.”
“Our concern right now is the abuse of over the counter drugs,” said Kuna High School Dean of Students Dave Beymer. “We’re seeing them in our schools and are being reported to us by patrons in our community.”
“From my standpoint as an administrator, I never imagined I would have three 12-year-olds come in my office high. I’ve had eight kids come to school after using marijuana or have tested positive on drug tests,” said Kuna Middle School Building Administrator Robbie Reno. “And from my standpoint, if a kid does admit to using it, where do they go from there? What resources do we have as a district or we as a community to get them out of this rut? It starts at my level and lower, kids are using and go on to high school.”
“I don’t know if you realize the drug problem that you have here in Kuna,” said Student Resource Officer Cory Feldman. “It’s in the schools and it’s everywhere. Last week two boys got caught using marijuana out by the skate park. They smoke it out in the open.”
“My issue is that kids are coming to school high and everyone thinks it is a joke. And there’s nothing we can do about it, nothing that has teeth.”
Seabaugh added that there have been so many incidents in Kuna that they have added a second probation officer to take care of the cases.
According to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, 2012 drug crimes at Kuna High School doubled to 18 incidents over 2011 numbers with the majority of increases in possession of paraphernalia.
Feldman told the board, “Projected out, in 2013 there will be 20 incidents of kids caught at school with drugs or high… and that’s just the ones we catch,” he said.
“We still need to provide help for these kids and their families,” said Seabaugh.