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Ron Meyer is missed

October 14, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
So an Ohio County Board of Education member thinks there is a drug problem in the schools. Well, if you think there are drugs in school, then the kids are bringing them in those darling backpacks with the fuzzy balls and cute little keychains attached. Somehow I think the drug-sniffing dogs could be kept busy if they would walk them through the schools unannounced. The late Ron Meyer worked tirelessly to combat drugs and underage drinking at Wheeling Park High School. He knew where the kids were going to be before they did! No offense to the current resource officer at Wheeling Park High School, but Ron left some big shoes to fill. It took him years to gain the confidence of students who would in turn, alert him to possible drug deals and dealers. And let's be honest about where some of the drugs are coming from - the students' own homes. Some kids enjoy raiding their parents' and grandparents' medicine chests and playing Russian roulette with the pills they find. It's not fair to blame the schools for the drugs unless they turn their heads away from it. Why not speak frankly about where kids are getting their drugs and booze. And don't be fooled into thinking it only happens at the public schools. We all need to get our heads out of the sand if we really want to slow the drug trade among our children. It has to start at HOME!


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