Solutions To Drinking And Drugs At Dances
Whether it’s the homecoming dance or the crowded informals, stories circulate through the dance floor about who drank what or who’s on which drug. But we don’t hear the stories about who helped who out of a dangerous situation, or who drove who home because they were passed out.
This past week was the traditional homecoming dance, and just two weeks ago was the first informal of the year. With the week comes elaborate homecoming proposals, eccentric spirit days, booking party buses, planning outfits, endless nerves, and of course the constant safety warnings about drugs and alcohol exposures.
The student body is told over and over again to just not do it. But unavoidably, there are the kids who just do. So what can a student do if they do witness such activities? According to Principal Stensrud, “just get them home. Don’t bring them in. Just make sure that someone who is responsible, who is sober, is taking them home.”
Student body Vice President Mara Kelly believes that as students, we should always be looking out for each other and the safety of all of us. “Kids should check in and always be looking out to make sure all the kids are ok and then take care of them with whatever means necessary,”
As said before, with every dance comes at least one party bus. Those two words are branded with countless connotations - drinking, dancing, unconscious kids, rowdiness.
“One of the biggest problems that we have with party busses is that kids think, ‘oh look we can drink because no one is driving but the problem with that is the party busses don’t take people to their individual houses so eventually you hop in a car and you drive home,” said Stensrud.
Kelly doesn’t think that party buses always mean students are drinking, though.
“I think that party buses don’t necessarily affect it,” Kelly said. “I think they’re mainly just an opportunity for kids to hang out with their friends. I don’t think they necessarily cause people to drink.”
Though there were many differences in opinion between students and staff about how bad the drinking and drug problem is, a general consensus was that if one of your friends is in trouble just get them home or somewhere they’ll be safe even if that means calling 911.